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SubjectRe: PATCH: Enable IP PNP for 2.4.4-ac8
On Sun, May 13, 2001 at 07:24:31PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> I agree it isn't intuitive, and if nfsroot=xxx is specified it should
> probably turn on if there is missing information.
> But if you have to select the command line anyway....
> Mostly I like the situation where I can compile it in and turn it on
> when I need it, instead of having to do thing differently if it is
> compiled in or not.

In fact, I like the idea. But passing nfsroot=xxx to kernel doesn't
imply "ip=on" is very annoying. My setup worked fine with 2.4.4. It
took me a while to figure out why it didn't work with 2.4.4-ac8.

> > Have you tried
> > ramdisk on diskless alpha, arm, m68k, mips, ppc, sh, sparc, booting
> > over network?
> First the booting situation on linux with respect to multiple platform
> sucks. We pass parameters in weird ways on every platform. The command
> line is the only thing that stays mostly the same. I'm looking at what
> it takes to clean that up, so we can have multiplatform bootloaders.

I don't think we have total control over how to boot over network on
all platforms. On some platforms, you may only load kernel over the
network and run from it.

> I have implemented what it takes to attach a ramdisk, and if you can
> boot an arbitrary kernel it isn't hard to have a program that attaches
> a ramdisk.
> Now although I believe this is the right direction to go, you will
> notice I ported the dhcp IP auto configuration from 2.2.19 to to 2.4.x
> Buying a little more time to get this working.

Thanks. I appreciate it.

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