preinit= (Was: Re: [PATCH] 5 year old bug in main.c (initrd). Can this please be fixed?)

From: Dave Cinege (
Date: Mon May 29 2000 - 14:15:20 EST wrote:
> We'll have to keep /linuxrc and change_root for a while, because too
> many people depend on them now. It would make sense to label them as
> deprecated in 2.4, though.

Regaurding this whole /linuxrc thing. Someone mentioned, leaving it
alone and creating a 'preinit=' that is run about the same place
as /linuxrc. I'd love to see this..

 Useful for setting up things prior to init, like devfs
 Solves the questionable functions of /linuxrc by providing an alternate
 Works even if you're not using initrd
 Standardized way to execute things prior to init
 Will not fail for lack of /dev/console (Current init= will!)

If we can agree on this idea lemme know and I'll code it up.

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