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Re: Kernel Configuration Question

On Saturday 23 December 2006 09:35, Jim Crilly wrote:
> On 12/22/06 12:10:41PM -0600, Mike Reinehr wrote:
> > I hate to answer my own posting but it belatedly has occurred to me that
> > perhaps it's not possible to mount a root partition using LVM without an
> > initrd.img. I've booted without an initrd.img before & I've used LVM
> > before, but not with the root partition as part of the logical volumes.
> > Yes, no, maybe?
> That's pretty much it, you need to run the LVM tools (vgchange I think) to
> scan for and setup the logical volumes. There is no code in the kernel to
> do that for you so you have to use an initramfs image if your root is on
> LVM. But why go through all of that trouble to not use one? The only burden
> it puts on you is to run 'update-initramfs -u -k <kernel-version>' on of
> the off chance that you change something that also needs to go in the
> image, normal updates to things like LVM tools, udev, etc should update it
> for you.
> Jim.

Thanks for confirming this. I think I may have read something about this last 
year when I first researched LVM but then forgot.

As for not using an initrd.img, long ago I became a confirmed follower of the 
KISS theory of operations (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and was just trying to 
pare my kernel of any unnecessary pieces. But, as you say, it's not that much 
trouble to maintain an initrd.img.



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