Re: Multi-arch netinst getting too big
Ian Campbell <email@example.com> writes:
> On Sat, 2010-06-26 at 21:49 +0200, Ferenc Wagner wrote:
>> Ian Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>>> On Sat, 2010-06-26 at 21:12 +0200, Ferenc Wagner wrote:
>>>> Ian Campbell <email@example.com> writes:
>>>>> Another option might be to combine gtk/initrd.gz and xen/initrd.gz so
>>>>> that the overhead is only the kernel udebs and not duplicating all the
>>>>> other stuff.
>>>> I probably mentioned this already, but you aren't constrained to a
>>>> single initrd.gz: you can use several ones separated by commas.
>>> Where can I use several? In a Xen domain config file or in some
>>> bootloader config or something? Is it actually supported of does it just
>>> happen to work by some coincidence?
>> Unfortunately not in a Xen domain config, AFAIK. But isolinux supports
>> it, as per syslinux.txt:
>> It supports multiple filenames separated by commas.
>> This is mostly useful for initramfs, which can be composed of
>> multiple separate cpio or cpio.gz archives.
> OK, Thanks.
>> It's actually an overlay, so it may be possible to work around the Xen
>> limitation by making the Xen initrd the base one and overwriting its
>> arch dependent parts as needed.
> Although it probably could be made to work I'm not that keen on making
> the regular case more complicated/strange (even if supported by the
> bootloader) in order to support Xen and I suspect nobody else is either.
> I'd prefer to drop GTK from the Xen images.
By all means go ahead. The multi-initrd feature would be most useful
for reusing the normal initrds (mostly kernel modules) in the graphical
installer I guess. But then again that may not be worth it.