[klibc] [patch 00/12] ipconfig and nfsmount compatibility with glibc

Erik van Konijnenburg ekonijn at xs4all.nl
Sun May 22 07:50:23 PDT 2005


The following set of patches is intended mostly to improve
ipconfig and nfsmount compatibility with glibc.

The context: I'm working on yaird, an alternative to mkinitrd,
and currently implementing nfs root file systems.  This is based
on ipconfig and nfsmount from klibc, with a rewritten version of kinit.

Users should be able to build the package with vanilla glibc,
since klibc is not yet a standard part of every distribution;
users with klibc should be able to build a leaner version simply
by using klcc rather than gcc.  The package will contain copies
of ipconfig and nfsmount, so I can patch as needed to achieve
compatibility.  That said, if you can include (some of) these patches
in the canonical version, that makes it easier for me to track future
improvements in klibc.

The kinit rewrite stays a bit closer to the nfsroot.txt
kernel documentation, does a fallback from TCP to UDP to NFSv2
if needed, and handles only NFS: no mounting of /sys, no pivotroot,
no searching for root file systems other than NFS.  This should
make it play nicer with the rest of the initrd; I can post it if
anyone has a use for this.  But I digress.

The following patches need extra attention:

    **	avoid exit on valid usage in nfsmount
    	This one makes it possible to do a retry with UDP in
	kinit if TCP is unsupported.  It also makes sense in a pure
	klibc context.

    **	new include file net/route.h
    	This one touches library code rather than application code,
	so it has potentially larger impact.

    **	Unpleasantness in linux/nfs_mount.h
    	Exceptionally ugly, but I don't see a better solution without
	touching the kernel includes.  It's the same approach used in

The patches were made against 1.0.8 and compile-tested against 1.0.10.

You mentioned working on kinit and ipconfig last week or so,
but that's not visible yet in git.  Please let me know if you want me
to rediff this stuff after your changes are published.



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