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SubjectRe: Announce: initrd-tftp 0.1
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> > Then they can support an initrd. You can have the initrd compiled into or
> > appended to the kernel image.
>
> That means you have to write a mini boot loader which knows how to do that

No you dont

> you're subject to whatever arbitrary limits in image size the firmware
> might have. It also means having to rebuild the kernel image file whenever

You are subject to firmware limits anyway.

> more memory because you have to load the initrd into the initrd space at
> boot and then decompress/copy it into the ramdisk, rather than loading it
> directly into the ramdisk (which would matter if you had a 6MB RAM disk on
> an 8MB machine or something like a lot of embedded systems).

So initrd benefits from being freed as it is decompressed. Shock horror, thats
a useful fix for all platforms and for all possible initialisation setups.

Alan


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