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Re: APUS Debian Boot-Floppies Images and bugs

On Wed, 16 May 2001, Alan Buxey wrote:
> > Well, we could split the kernel in 2 and join it in ram: before launching it.
> > Or we could try for a less than 880Ko modular kernel, but i have not big hopes
> > on this one. Michel Daenzer is the apus kernel package maintainer for debian.
> a small, but brief note:
> IS there not a very very big problem with having the kernel in ram: when
> launching?
> joining two files up into ram: is no problem (6 lines of code max.) but
> doesnt ram: just get completely trashed when the bootstrap loads up the
> kernel (and thus corrupting the kernel image?)

No, the bootstrap first allocates memory for the kernel (and the ramdisk), then
loads the image, and only then trashes the rest.

> i thought this was the case and people have to have the installer and
> kernel on media, rather than in volatile ram:

The only problem is that people might not have enough memory for both RAM: and



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