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Re: New per subarch 2.4.22 powerpc kernels, please test.

On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 04:42:52PM +0200, Carlos Perelló Marín wrote:
> El sáb, 04-10-2003 a las 16:13, Sven Luther escribió:
> [...]
> > > 
> > > I have a question about those kernels. Are they something like x86 ones
> > > where you have all possible drivers as modules (ide, for example) and
> > > then an initrd image so you will have a really small kernel with lots of
> > > modules?
> > 
> > Nope, they are a small kernel and modules which goes installed
> > in their right place, like the output of the make-kpkg kernel-images
> > mostly. I don't think what you like is possible, since there is a limit
> > on the size of the initrd for powerpc (3.3M or something such i think),
> > and anyway, i don't see much what you gain by it.
> The x86 initrd is less than 3.5Mb and it's compiled that way.

But powerpc executables are bigger, and i have around 8Mo of modules

> I'm talking about a more modularized .config file so you can use
> make-kpkg as always.
> With that setup you have a kernel that will only load what you need and
> will let you boot from USB, FireWire, IDE or SCSI just like MacOSX
> without add all those buses inside kernel.

I still don't understand the need for an initrd ? Once the system is
installed, you can just put the modules on the harddisk, and when
installing, it is debian-installer who handle this ...

Mmm, i think i see, you want the ide/scsi/firewire/usb/whatever stuff
out of the kernel, so you can boot with those, even if they are needed
to mount your system. Ok, this seems like a nice idea, i guess it could
not be the same kernel as the one used for debian-installer though, as
it uses the initrd for the root image.

Anyway, we are too near the srge release for those kind of changes, but
i will look into it when i get the time.


Sven Luther

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