Re: [Fwd: Alpha Debian Netinst]
- To: Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Subject: Re: [Fwd: Alpha Debian Netinst]
- From: Goswin von Brederlow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: 01 Dec 2003 08:06:19 +0100
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Steve Langasek <email@example.com> writes:
> On Sun, Nov 30, 2003 at 11:27:46PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > > On Sun, Nov 30, 2003 at 09:27:06PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > > > Steve Langasek <email@example.com> writes:
> > > > > On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:16:16PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > > > > > The correct line would be:
> > > > > > 0:boot/linux root=/dev/ram initrd=boot/root.bin ramdisk_size=16384 devfs=mount,dall
> > > > > One thing that seems to be inconsistent here -- the
> > > > > boot/i386/syslinux.cfg settings use 'root=/dev/rd/0' as opposed to
> > > > > 'root=/dev/ram'. Is there some reason one should be preferred over the
> > > > > other? I believe that both should work, but assume that if there's a
> > > > > reason to use one over the other, it would apply equally to all
> > > > > platforms.
> > > > /dev/ram is the non-devfs name. Some bootloaders or the kernel
> > > > translate that into major:minor numbers. The devfs name on the other
> > > > hand won't get translated.
> > > > I think root=/dev/rd/0 on i386 is actually wrong but since an initd is
> > > > detected the "root=" is ignored anyway and the initrd is mounted. Could
> > > > be wrong though. You could test using /dev/rd/1 and see if it still
> > > > works.
> > > That would suggest that the root= option is completely superfluous and
> > > should be omitted on all architectures. I definitely see correct
> > > behavior when booting with root=/dev/rd/0 on my alpha (though I'm not
> > > currently in a position to test root=/dev/rd/1).
I ment testing that on i386. :)
> > Since we dropped /linuxrc and use /sbin/init now on all archs it
> > probably doesn't matter if /dev/ram or /dev/rd/0 is used as long as
> > devfs is used too.
> I don't see how that's particularly relevant. In all cases, the root
> filesystem must be resolved and mounted before any init program can be
> run, and this was true even with init=/linuxrc.
The kernel wouldn't start /linuxrc with root=/dev/ram. But now looking
at the code again I see that it now matches the major/minor pair so
neither root= should have worked. ARGS, this linuxrc stuff is an ugly
> At any rate, if there are no other arguments one way or the other, I
> think consistency is most important here and that alpha should follow
> i386's lead on this point.
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