Re: [Acpi] Re: ACPI fundamental locking problems

From: Helge Hafting (
Date: Thu Jul 05 2001 - 03:20:36 EST

Linus Torvalds wrote:
> We migth want to just make initrd a built-in thing in the kernel,
> something that you simply cannot avoid. A lot of these things (ie dhcp for
> NFS root etc) are right now done in kernel space, simply because we don't
> want to depend on initrd, and people want to use old loaders.
> I don't like the current initrd very much myself, I have to admit. I'm not
> going to accept a "you have to have a ramdisk" approach - I think the
> ramdisks are really broken.
> But I've seen a "populate ramfs from a tar-file built into 'bzImage'"
> patch somewhere, and that would be a whole lot more palatable to me.
> If anybody were to send me a patch that just unconditionally does this, I
> would probably not be adverse to putting it into 2.5.x. We have all the
> infrastructure to make all this a lot cleaner than it used to be (ie the
> "pivot_root()" stuff etc means that we can _truly_ do things from user
> mode, with no magic kernel flags).
I am fine with "You have to use initrd (or similiar) _if_ you want this
But please don't make initrd mandatory for those of us who don't
need ACPI, don't need dhcp before mounting disks and so on.

I hope the "fs-less" kernel image still will be possible for those
of us who have a simple setup.

Helge Hafting
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