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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] KERNEL: Support asynchronously-discovered boot devices, v4 (resend)
On Fri, 1 May 2009 09:58:03 -0700
David VomLehn <dvomlehn@cisco.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 02:54:12PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Thu, 30 Apr 2009 17:19:34 -0400 (EDT)
> > Alan Stern <stern@rowland.harvard.edu> wrote:
> >
> > > > I wonder if we can think of something more new ad unique. startupdev? yuk.
> > >
> > > Initdev? Or does that mean something else also?
> ...
> > initdev sounds good to me. Given that we're adding a new and distinct
> > concept which will remain with us for a long time, we should name it
> > with care.
>
> Yes, we do need a good name, so we are now guaranteed to be entering
> the Bike Shed Zone.

Getting the name right is important! We live with the decision daily,
for years.

> Personally, I'm fine with initdev and will assume this
> is the name going forward. I'll tweak the patches appropriately.

OK.

> > > Really, these are devices that we want to have working before starting
> > > up any userspace processes. These would be the console device(s) (so
> > > that the first process has open files for its stdin, stdout, and
> > > stderr) and the block device containing the root filesystem (if the
> > > initramfs image doesn't make its own arrangements).
> >
> > OK, so "initdev" could be viewed as meaning "a device which /sbin/init
> > needs"? Even I can understand that.
> >
> > But /sbin/init isn't the first userspace we run, is it? There's
> > initramfs stuff, firmware loaders, etc.
> >
> > What's the story here? Do we intend that all initdevs be up and
> > running before _any_ userspace runs? Or is /sbin/init the red line?
>
> I've avoided making any guarantees about this, but /sbin/init is implicitly
> the red line. If we make this explicit, we're probably back in the vicinity
> of the bike shed, but this should help frame any subsequent discussion
> in a concrete manner.

Well, decisions which are made here can make the difference between
"computer boots" and "computer doesn't boot". That ain't bikeshed
painting.



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