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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] initmpfs v2: use tmpfs instead of ramfs for rootfs
On 07/17/2013 04:06 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:31:13 -0700 (PDT) Rob Landley <rob@landley.net> wrote:
>
>> Use tmpfs for rootfs when CONFIG_TMPFS=y and there's no root=.
>> Specify rootfstype=ramfs to get the old initramfs behavior.
>>
>> The previous initramfs code provided a fairly crappy root filesystem:
>> didn't let you --bind mount directories out of it, reported zero
>> size/usage so it didn't show up in "df" and couldn't run things like
>> rpm that query available space before proceeding, would fill up all
>> available memory and panic the system if you wrote too much to it...
>
> The df problem and the mount --bind thing are ramfs issues, are they
> not? Can we fix them? If so, that's a less intrusive change, and we
> also get a fixed ramfs.
>

mount --bind might be useful to fix for ramfs in general (as ramfs
should provide minimal standard filesystem functionality, and that one
counts, I believe), but honestly... we should have had tmpfs as a root
filesystem option either as rootfs or as an automatic overmount a long
time ago.

The automatic overmount option (that is tmpfs on top of rootfs) is nice
in some ways, as it makes garbage-collecting the inittmpfs trivial; this
might save some boot time in the more conventional root scenarios. On
the other hand, it doesn't exactly seem to be a big problem to just
unlink everything.

-hpa



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