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SubjectRe: Linux mdadm superblock question.
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On Mittwoch 17 Februar 2010, Nick Bowler wrote:
> On 19:27 Wed 17 Feb , Volker Armin Hemmann wrote:
> > On Mittwoch 17 Februar 2010, Nick Bowler wrote:
> > > On 09:41 Wed 17 Feb , david@lang.hm wrote:
> > > > for a distro that is trying to make one kernel image run on every
> > > > possible type of hardware features like initramfs (and udev,
> > > > modeules, etc) are wonderful.
> > > >
> > > > however for people who run systems that are known ahead of time and
> > > > static (and who build their own kernels instead of just relying on
> > > > the distro default kernel), all of this is unnessesary complication,
> > > > which leaves more room for problems to creep in.
> > >
> > > Such people can easily construct an initramfs containing busybox and
> > > mdadm with a shell script hardcoded to mount their root fs and run
> > > switch_root. It's a ~10 minute jobbie that only needs to be done once.
> >
> > and even better when you don't have to do that one time job at all.
>
> But people who are building their own kernels are already doing a
> (much harder, imo) one time job of configuring their kernels.
>
> > btw, what about additional delay?
>
> It takes about half a second for mdadm to assemble my root array, is
> that what you're referring to?
>
> I assume that kernel auto-assembly is no faster, although I've never
> used it. Regardless, half a second isn't very long to wait.

well at the moment it takes less than two seconds until init takes over.

Adding .5 seconds is a lot. And loading the initrd and changing root isn't
free either, true?

I remember well all the noise in the past about making linux booting faster.
So why slow it down with an initrd - especially if you can do without?

Glück Auf,
Volker
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