Re: [Acpi] Re: ACPI fundamental locking problems

From: Linus Torvalds (
Date: Thu Jul 05 2001 - 10:17:04 EST

On Thu, 5 Jul 2001, Helge Hafting wrote:
> I am fine with "You have to use initrd (or similiar) _if_ you want this
> feature."


I do not want to maintain two interfaces. If we make user space the way to
do these things, then we will do pretty much most of the driver setup etc
in user space. We'd have to: we'd enter user space before drivers have had
a chance to initialize, exactly because "features like these" can change
the device mappings etc.

And I don't want to have two completely different bootup paths.

> 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.

You would never even know the difference. You'd do a "make bzImage", and
the default filesystem would just be embedded into the image. By default
it probably doesn't need to do much - although things like the BIOS DPMI
scan etc would surely be good to get rid of.

Why complain about that?


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