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

From: Adrian Cox (
Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 03:47:20 EST

Adam Sampson wrote:
> 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.

genext2fs does the same thing in userspace, without needing to be root:

It's more limited than loopback (all files on the generated system are
owned by root), but it's good enough for making initrd images.

- Adrian Cox, AG Electronics

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