Thanks falko, for the prompt reply. However, I found the link mentioned by you already and have recompiled the kernel with the said parameter = y. Still the error messages ceases to go away.
I don't know what is going on.
By the way, I have no chkconfig in slackware. But even then the firewall should start, and this is not happening.
Aditya Pratap V.
Goshamahal, Hyderabad - A. P.
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