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Subjectmkinitrd and 2.4.x annoyances
While trying to upgrade a redhat 6.2 I've come across the following

Changes states that you need mkinitrd 2.9 or better. No problem. Go to
site and grab source rpm. In my case 3.0.5 was the one available.
Build and
install the package. Run it. Curse. Turns out that mkinitrd relies on
accepting the -d which under 6.2 isn't the case. And remakeing mktemp
an option as I'm not about to upgrade to glibc 2.2 just for that. It
was an
easy enough fix to patch mkinitrd to not rely on the -d flag but still
annoying. I can see why they use mktemp -d as they do all the work in
the /tmp
dir so want to avoid potential races in creating the temp directories
but why
use /tmp at all? It's possible to do everything in the current working,
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