Subject: Re: Image is 3387 bytes (3 KB) too big to fit on 2 disks
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: David Laight <>
List: tech-install
Date: 05/09/2006 18:27:07
On Tue, May 09, 2006 at 03:54:20PM +1000, Daniel Carosone wrote:
> What I'd also like to see, regardless of how we get to this point, is
> using the init.chroot functionality to allow a kernel with very small
> md root image, perhaps loaded via some media that might include a
> floppy, to then use some other media (non-bootable CD or USB stick,
> NFS, etc) as root to load additional binaries and continue the
> install/rescue/whatever process.  

One very useful feature of the current 'kernel+ramdisk' is that you can
pxeboot (or equiv.) the install kernel, then continue the install
using ftp (etc) to load the sets.

I don't think that requiring the 'root' filesystem come from another
device gives anything like the same flexibility.  Indeed I suspect
it would require extra kernels (etc) to be built over and above the
'too many' that are built today.


David Laight: