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Re: Kernel Config file for Debian Squeeze Install Disc

On 2011-07-11 21:52 +0200, Tech Geek wrote:

>> AFAIK the kernel in the installer is
>> split into many small packages from the regular linux-image package.  So
>> the possible differences are version skews when a newer kernel hits the
>> archive, and missing modules that are not packaged for the installer.
> You are right. I discovered that the pata-modules-* package that ships
> with Debian Install disc, did not have the driver module for my RDC
> PATA controller and hence it failed to detect it.
> The thing that I find surprising is that the kernel itself
> (2.6.32-5-486) has the support for the controller:
> So why does it have to depend on packages like pata-modules to detect
> the IDE interface. Can't the kernel detect the type (deviceid) of IDE
> interface and load the appropriate module (from it's initrd?) I guess
> may be I do not fully understand the installation mechanism.

I do not claim to understand it either, but I suppose the installer is
actually running from an initramfs, and if a full-blown kernel with all
its modules were put there, the memory requirements for installing
Debian would increase considerably.


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