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SubjectRe: [PATCH] USB HardDisk Booting 2.4.20
> > My tests show that it seems to work, and I haven't noticed any odd side
> > affects by initcall-ing the usb devices (concern over this topic is why
> > I enabled it for static USB MSD only).
> >
> > Does this seem a reasonable solution, or does anyone have something more
> > elegant?
> Is there a reason for not using initrd for this. That should let you
> use any kind of root device even ones requiring user space work before
> the real root is mounted.

Yes, I believe there is. IMO initrd is too much of an annoyance to setup.
I also have a usb hdd and the only thing I did was read from the keyboard
waiting for an <ENTER> like it does when it waits on the floppy. Worked
quite well for me and USB Hard disks don't really need user space if
everything's compiled in (from what I've seen).

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