[klibc] [klibc 30/31] Remove in-kernel resume-from-disk invocation code

Nigel Cunningham ncunningham at linuxmail.org
Wed Jul 5 20:28:12 PDT 2006


Hi.

On Thursday 06 July 2006 13:11, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> > Hi again.
> >
> > (Excuse me replying to myself, but this might help someone else).
> >
> > On Thursday 06 July 2006 11:45, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> >> Is there a klibc howto somewhere? I tried googling for 'klibc howto',
> >> reading the files in Documentation/ and browsing your klibc mailing list
> >> archive before asking!
> >>
> >> What I'm wondering specifically is: Say a user needs to run some
> >> commands to set up access to encrypted storage before they can resume.
> >> At the moment, we'd tell them to put these commands and the echo >
> >> do_resume in their linuxrc (or init) script prior to mounting their root
> >> filesystem. Forgive me if I'm asking a stupid question but it's not
> >> immediately obvious to me how they would now do that. I'd much rather
> >> follow a simple howto than spend a good amount of time tracing function
> >> calls etc. I still see init/initramfs.c, and it mentions both
> >> CONFIG_BLK_DEV_INITRD and CONFIG_BLK_DEV_RAM. Would I be right in
> >> surmising that you can still have an initrd or ramfs to do such things
> >> as the above, after klibc has done its work? If not, is there some other
> >> way I'm ignorant of?
> >
> > For the record, I've since discovered that what you really want is an
> > initramfs howto. I think I stuck with those old-fangled initrds for too
> > long. Better update my desktop from Mandrake 10 too :)... is there a
> > pattern here?
>
> Okay, let's try to start from the beginning...
>
> initramfs is, indeed, a replacement for initrd, but it's not a 1:1 map.
>   Instead, initramfs contents -- which can come from multiple sources!
> -- is simply extracted right into rootfs.
>
> kinit is a replacement for the in-kernel root-handling code, as well as
> other related in-kernel code like resume from disk.  It is compiled as a
> monolithic binary for size reasons.
>
> klibc is a very small C library which *can* be used to produce initramfs
> binaries; in particular, it's used to produce kinit, and is small enough
> that it can be realistically included with the kernel distribution.
>
> If you provide your own /init in an initramfs, it will override the
> default, which is /init -> /kinit.  You can then choose to invoke kinit
> if you want to; for example, you could try to resume from suspend2, and
> invoke kinit if that fails.

Ah... ok. That helps a lot.

Thanks!

Nigel
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