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    SubjectRe: kernel too big?
    I tried updating Documentation/initrd.txt:

    --- linux/Documentation/initrd.txt.orig Thu Apr 11 23:49:09 1996
    +++ linux/Documentation/initrd.txt Mon Feb 3 20:25:55 1997
    @@ -1,20 +1,17 @@
    -Using the initial RAM disk (initrd)
    -===================================
    +Using the initial RAM disk, initrd
    +==================================

    -Written 1996 by Werner Almesberger <almesber@lrc.epfl.ch> and
    - Hans Lermen <lermen@elserv.ffm.fgan.de>
    +by Werner Almesberger <almesber@lrc.epfl.ch> and
    +Hans Lermen <lermen@elserv.ffm.fgan.de>


    -initrd adds the capability to load a RAM disk by the boot loader. This
    -RAM disk can then be mounted as the root file system and programs can be
    -run from it. Afterwards, a new root file system can be mounted from a
    -different device. The previous root (from initrd) is then either moved
    -to the directory /initrd or it is unmounted.
    -
    -initrd is mainly designed to allow system startup to occur in two phases,
    -where the kernel comes up with a minimum set of compiled-in drivers, and
    -where additional modules are loaded from initrd.
    -
    +The initrd feature allows the boot loader to load a RAM disk. This RAM
    +disk can then be mounted as the root file system and programs can be run
    +from it. Afterwards, a new root file system can be mounted from a
    +different device. The previous root (from initrd) is then usually either
    +moved to the directory /initrd or unmounted. With this technique, drivers
    +for the "normal" root file system can be stored on the RAM disk as
    +modules.

    Operation
    ---------
    @@ -118,8 +115,8 @@

    - a floppy disk (works everywhere but it's painfully slow)
    - a RAM disk (fast, but allocates physical memory)
    - - a loopback device (the most elegant solution, but currently requires a
    - modified mount)
    + - a loopback device (the most elegant solution, but requires a recent
    + version of mount)

    We'll describe the RAM disk method:

    @@ -153,9 +150,9 @@
    # dd if=/dev/ram bs=1k count=1440 of=/boot/initrd
    # freeramdisk /dev/ram

    -Finally, you have to boot the kernel and load initrd. Currently,
    -preliminary versions of LOADLIN 1.6 and LILO 18 support initrd (see
    -below for where to get them). With LOADLIN, you simply execute
    +Finally, you have to boot the kernel and load initrd. Current versions of
    +LOADLIN and LILO support initrd (see below for where to get them). With
    +LOADLIN, you simply execute

    LOADLIN <kernel> initrd=<disk_image>
    e.g. LOADLIN C:\LINUX\VMLINUZ initrd=C:\LINUX\INITRD
    @@ -238,9 +235,9 @@
    9) now the system is bootable and additional installation tasks can be
    performed

    -The key role of initrd here is to re-use the configuration data during
    -normal system operation without requiring the use of a bloated "generic"
    -kernel or re-compilation or re-linking of the kernel.
    +The key role of initrd here is to reuse the configuration data during
    +normal system operation without requiring the use of a bloated "generic"
    +kernel or recompilation or relinking of the kernel.

    A second scenario is for installations where Linux runs on systems with
    different hardware configurations in a single administrative domain. In
    @@ -251,15 +248,15 @@
    read by it would have to be different.

    A third scenario are more convenient recovery disks, because information
    -like the location of the root FS partition doesn't have to be provided at
    +like the location of the root partition doesn't have to be provided at
    boot time, but the system loaded from initrd can use a user-friendly
    dialog and it can also perform some sanity checks (or even some form of
    auto-detection).

    -Last not least, CDrom distributors may use it for better installation from CD,
    -either using a LILO boot floppy and bootstrapping a bigger ramdisk via
    +Last not least, CDROM distributors may use it for better installation from
    +CD, either using a LILO boot floppy and bootstrapping a bigger ramdisk via
    initrd from CD, or using LOADLIN to directly load the ramdisk from CD
    -without need of floppies.
    +without need of floppies.

    Since initrd is a fairly generic mechanism, it is likely that additional
    uses will be found.
    @@ -268,18 +265,25 @@
    Resources
    ---------

    -The bzImage+initrd patch (bzImage is an extension to load kernels directly
    -above 1 MB, which allows kernels sizes of up to approximately 2 MB) can be
    -found at
    -ftp://lrcftp.epfl.ch/pub/people/almesber/lilo/bzImage+initrd-1.3.71.patch.gz
    +Beginning with Linux 1.3.73, bzImage (an extension to load kernels
    +directly above 1 MB, which allows kernels up to approximately 2 MB in
    +size) and initrd are included in the mainstream kernel sources. For some
    +earlier kernels, patches may be found at:
    +
    +ftp://lrcftp.epfl.ch/pub/people/almesber/lilo/
    +
    and
    -ftp://elserv.ffm.fgan.de/pub/linux/loadlin-1.6/bzImage+initrd-1.3.71.patch.gz

    -A preliminary version of LOADLIN 1.6 is available on
    -ftp://elserv.ffm.fgan.de/pub/linux/loadlin-1.6/loadlin-1.6-pre8-bin.tgz
    +ftp://elserv.ffm.fgan.de/pub/linux/loadlin-1.6/
    +
    +You will also need at least LOADLIN 1.6 or LILO 18. Current versions are
    +available from:
    +
    +ftp://elserv.ffm.fgan.de/pub/linux/loadlin-1.6/
    +
    +and

    -A preliminary version of LILO 18 is available on
    -ftp://lrcftp.epfl.ch/pub/people/almesber/lilo/lilo.18dev3.tar.gz
    +ftp://lrcftp.epfl.ch/pub/linux/local/lilo

    A very simple example for building an image for initrd, also including
    the program 'freeramdisk', can be found on

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