[klibc] initrd / initramfs future
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Wed Sep 15 15:44:54 PDT 2004
Dave Dodge wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 08:04:52AM +0600, Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
>>Initrd has the following advantage for distros: you can replace it
>>without kernel recompilation.
> Is this still unique to initrd? I thought somewhere along the way the
> kernel acquired the ability to load an external initramfs. The
> populate_rootfs code in 22.214.171.124 seems to imply that it can recognize and
> unpack an initramfs if you pass it in through the initrd area.
Yes, newer 2.6 kernels can load an initramfs using the initrd mechanism
just fine. They look for /init (why not /sbin/init or /linuxrc is
antoher issue...) and invoke it if present.
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