Re: ToDo List for the Boot Floppies Package
- To: Adam Di Carlo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cc: Jens.Ritter@weh.rwth-aachen.de, Joseph Carter <email@example.com>, Martin Schulze <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Subject: Re: ToDo List for the Boot Floppies Package
- From: Enrique Zanardi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 10:59:40 +0000
- Message-id: <19990112105932.G735@molec3.dfis.ull.es>
- Mail-followup-to: Adam Di Carlo <email@example.com>, Jens.Ritter@weh.rwth-aachen.de, Joseph Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Martin Schulze <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- In-reply-to: <email@example.com>; from Adam Di Carlo on Mon, Jan 11, 1999 at 11:39:36PM -0500
- References: <Pine.LNX.3.96.990104171515.6839Cfirstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
On Mon, Jan 11, 1999 at 11:39:36PM -0500, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> On Mon, 4 Jan 1999 17:27:07 +0100 (CET), Jens Ritter <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> > As I put the work on this on a hold (due to lesser spare time on my
> > side, the deep freeze and etc.), I am at the moment not very
> > familiar with how it is done. I know that you have a initramdisk
> > where the autoexec.bat analogon for linux mounts the root filesystem
> > from a loopbackdevice and then "remounts" the to be root file system
> > from an already (loopback) mounted filesystem. You might be able to
> > modify this script to do automatic screening for an linux image...
> > P.S.: Status of DropInDebian: The dbootstrap (?) program is
> > modified, and you are able to install debian in a file on a dos
> > partition (e.g.), but you have got to do most of the creation of
> > files and mounting by hand. In addition the initramdisk is not
> > modified automatically.
> What are the chances we could merge this for potato into the
> mainstream boot floppies? I'd like to add documentation in the
> Installation Manual too.
Part of that functionality is already on the boot-floppies. As of
boot-floppies_2.1.4, dbootstrap let's you use a loop-mounted fs as
target (I still have to hack in suport for detecting active swap files.
With the new /proc/swaps file on 2.2.x kernels that'll be really easy).
As with Jens patches, you have to create and mount the files by hand, and
there's no support for creating/modifying the initramdisk, but that's on
the TODO list. I may work on this for boot-floppies_2.1.5, but don't hold
> But you're right, we're too late for slink here.
Not quite. The initramdisk stuff is the hardest part, but adding support
for creating & mounting the files may be doable for slink.
Enrique Zanardi email@example.com