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SubjectRe: Query about initramfs and modules
On Tue, Jan 15, 2002 at 07:33:17PM -0500, David Garfield wrote:
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> Except that what you have just proposed requires that you "build in
> _all possible_ SCSI PCI drivers" as modules in the initramfs. Little
> gain, except that some things won't be retained.

Little gain? You don't waste kernel space for SCSI drivers that are not
being used.

> Further, I don't thing I would expect a system with a changed SCSI PCI
> controller to boot on a kernel specifically built for the previous
> controller. I don't think I would even want it to boot. Better I
> think to get out a rescue disk of some sort, boot from that,
> reconfigure a built kernel for the new hardware (in the new case,
> simply reconstructing the initramfs), and reboot from that.

Each to their own.

> What I am worried about is not *allowing* user mode code in the
> initramfs, but *requiring* it.

Why? What are you afraid of? :)
If you want the boot process to be just like it is today, and you don't
require any network boot stuff, I think no userspace code will be
needed. But I can't guess the future...

greg k-h
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