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SubjectRe: [PATCH] rootfs (part 1)
Followup to:  <>
By author: Alexander Viro <>
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> Well, since all I actually use in the full variant of patch is sys_mknod(),
> sys_chdir() and sys_mkdir()... IMO tmpfs is an overkill here. Maybe we
> really need minimal rootfs in the kernel (no regular files) and let
> ramfs, tmpfs, whatever-device-fs use it as a library.

One thing that I thought was really spiffy was someone who had done
patches to populate a ramfs from a tarball loaded via the initrd
bootloader protocol... call it "initial ramfs." It allowed a whole
lot of cleanup -- the "initrd" isn't magic anymore (instead use
pivot_root), and it gets rid of the rd stuff. At the same time it
does allow the full flexibility of a fullblown filesystem that can be
populated with arbitrary contents.


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