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SubjectRe: Is initramfs freed after kernel is booted?
On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 04:07:52PM +0100, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
> viro@parcelfarce.linux.theplanet.co.uk wrote:
> >On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 09:33:59PM +0300, Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
> >
> >>On Monday 17 November 2003 21:03, viro@parcelfarce.linux.theplanet.co.uk
> >>wrote:
> >>
> >>>On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 12:50:34PM -0500, Chris Friesen wrote:
> >>>
> >>>>viro@parcelfarce.linux.theplanet.co.uk wrote:
[snip]
> >You do, but you can trivially call unlink() on the executable itself. It
> >will be freed after it does exec() of final /sbin/init...
> >
> >Alternatively, you could
> >mkdir /root
> >mount final root on /root
> >
> >chdir("/root");
> >mount("/", "initramfs", NULL, MS_BIND, NULL);
> >mount(".", "/", NULL, MS_MOVE, NULL);
> >chroot(".");
> >execve("/sbin/init", ...)
> >
> Nope. initramfs shares the superblock with 'rootfs', which has the
> MS_NOUSER flags set. Hence graft_tree() (which is the worker function
> for MS_BIND) refuses to work.
> Can't we just remove the MS_NOUSER flags if initramfs is active?
> Probably not the correct way, but certainly the quickest :-)
> The correct way would probably be to clone the superblock of initramfs,
> set the filesystem-type of initramfs to 'ramfs' so that initramfs
> appears to be a chroot()ed filesystem like initrd. Then we could do a
> pivot_root and we have the contents of initramfs still available.
> But needs someone with deeper fs-knowledge than myself to do it.

How about this one liner?

--- fs/ramfs/inode.c 22 Oct 2003 15:19:58 -0000 1.39
+++ fs/ramfs/inode.c 25 Nov 2003 18:10:00 -0000
@@ -207,7 +207,7 @@
static struct super_block *rootfs_get_sb(struct file_system_type *fs_type,
int flags, const char *dev_name, void *data)
{
- return get_sb_nodev(fs_type, flags|MS_NOUSER, data, ramfs_fill_super);
+ return get_sb_single(fs_type, flags, data, ramfs_fill_super);
}

static struct file_system_type ramfs_fs_type = {


Since rootfs is supposed to be mounted just once, it shouldn't be a
problem using get_sb_single().

This way, you can mount rootfs anytime, and get in there to remove
files.


Am I missing something obvious here?

Have a nice day

Manuel
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