In <4D49816B.firstname.lastname@example.org>, David Gaudine wrote: >I have one more question, just out of curiousity so bottom priority. >Why does this work? mdadm.conf is in the initramfs which is in /boot >which is on /dev/md0, but /dev/md0 doesn't exist until the arrays are >assembled, which requires mdadm.conf. Finding the initramfs on disk and copying it into RAM is not actually done by the kernel. It is done by the boot loader, the same way the boot loader finds the kernel image on disk on copies it into RAM. As such, it doesn't use kernel features to load the initramfs. There are a number of techniques that boot loaders take to be able to do this "magic". GRUB normally uses the gap between the partition table and the first partition to store enough modules to emulate the kernel's dm/md layer and one or more of the kernel's file system modules in order to do the loading. If those modules are not available or not in sync with how the kernel handles things, GRUB could fail to read the kernel image or initramfs or it could think it read both and transfer control to a "kernel" that is just random data from the disk. -- Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. ,= ,-_-. =. email@example.com ((_/)o o(\_)) ICQ: 514984 YM/AIM: DaTwinkDaddy `-'(. .)`-' http://iguanasuicide.net/ \_/
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