Bug#624702: initramfs-tools: mkinitramfs doesn't honor setting of BOOTDIR when searching for config-... files
On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 6:38 PM, maximilian attems <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> tags 624702 moreinfo
> On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 02:41:14PM -0400, Stirling Westrup wrote:
>> Package: initramfs-tools
>> Version: 0.98.8
>> Severity: normal
> care to post your usage of BOOTDIR?
> not sure it this variable is even documented or well working at all.
BOOTDIR is a variable used in update-initramfs and controls where the
script expects to find initrd.img files. By default it is set to
'/boot' but can be overridden with a setting in update-initramfs.conf
or by passing the -b option to update-initramfs.
This seems to work quite well, but the problem comes when
update-initramfs calls mkinitramfs. mkinitramfs has no equivalent
variable or command line argument and so always searches in /boot for
kernel config files.
I'm willing to submit a patch to fix this, as its really quite trivial
to fix, but I'm unsure how the maintainers will agree with my fix
1) expose an internal variable in mkinitramfs.conf so one can set a
default location to look for kernel config files.
2) give mkinitramfs a new command-line option for setting where it
looks for kernel config files. ('-s' for 'search' maybe, as all the
obvious contenders are already in use.), and which overrides the
internal variable mentioned above.
3) have update-initramfs pass the new option to mkinitramfs whenever
it is invoked with its -b option.
The above assumes that one will always want to place the kernel config
files in the same directory as the kernel images themselves. If that's
a bad assumption, then a more complex fix would be required.