Re: [patch?] Re: Do ramdisk exec's map direct to buffer cache?

From: Adam Sampson (
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 17:12:33 EST

On Mon, Jul 31, 2000 at 11:19:00AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> This is exactly the kind of patch that the loopback device has always
> needed, and is exactly the reason why I would prefer to kill loopback as
> soon as possible.


Linus, distributions need loopback to build boot filesystem images. Shipping
2.4 without the loopback device isn't really an option, unless you want
distributions to ship an old kernel version just so that they can make their
boot floppies.

Fix it. Reimplement it from scratch if needs be. But don't remove useful
features from Linux just to get 2.4 out sooner.


Adam "and not to mention cryptographers, emulator users and CD/DVD authors" Sampson

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