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    SubjectRe: initrd redesign (was Re: Partition nightmare Was: Migrating to
    Werner Almesberger wrote:
    > H. Peter Anvin wrote:
    > > That would be nice, but may complicate things unneccesarily. In the
    > > general case, you may have to worry about garbage-collecting parts of
    > > the filesystem that are now unreachable, and that would be majorly
    > > painful.
    > My assumption is that all file systems are reachable somehow, e.g. via
    > some device file. Since you should know fairly well what mess your initrd
    > may have left behind, the cleanup should actually be quite simple. Even
    > a "general" cleanup mechanism doesn't look too difficult to me, provided
    > that you have the access information somewhere (/proc/mount-devs ?).

    That seems a little hacky to me...

    > > I actually think that an nfsroot.gz initrd would do everything the
    > > current kernel mechanism does.
    > Yes, and it could even do more clever things than NFS root does right
    > now. What I meant was that it's trivial to just make a kernel boot
    > floppy, but constructing something with kernel, nfsroot, and boot loader
    > is more complex. Naturally, with time, packages and scripts should show
    > up to simplify this too.


    > > exec() init works just fine. I have used it. I don't think there is
    > > any need to put that in kernel space.
    > Great, so we're already half there :)


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