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SubjectRe: [RFD w/info-PATCH] device arguments from lookup, partion code inuserspace


On Sat, 19 May 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:

> Alexander Viro wrote:
> >
> > > (2) what about bootstrapping? how do you find the root device?
> > > Do you do "root=/dev/hda/offset=63,limit=1235823"? Bit nasty.
> >
> > Ben's patch makes initrd mandatory.
> >
>
> Can this be fixed? I've *never* had to futz with initrd.
> Probably most systems are the same. It seems a step
> backward to make it necessary.

Well, if you remove partition table parsing from the kernel - you've
got to boot with root on unpartitioned device (e.g. /dev/ram0) and
either stay that way or bring the userland code that understands
partitioning on that device...

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