also sprach Niall O Broin <niall at magicgoeshere.com> [2006.11.22.0848 +1100]:
> >Well, Debian switched to initramfs since 2.6.12 or so. Initramfs
> >is a joint development by the Ubuntu and Debian folks and it's
> >just a gzipped cpio file; that's a lot easier to deal with than
>> Yes, it's a little easier to deal with, though I guess most
> distros now have cramfs in the kernel. At boot time, where do the
> files in an initram fs file GO?
As you postulated correctly: a tmpfs.
> psmouse uhci_hcd ehci_hcd pcspkr parport_pc parport shpchp
>> These are all for hardware features which I simply don't ever
> intend to use on a server in a data centre - all these modules can
> be unloaded.
>> floppy usbcore
>> These are also for hardware features which I simply don't ever intend
> to use on a server in a data centre but these modules can't be unloaded.
> An attempt to rmmod them results in a hanging unkillable process.
Add lines like
install psmouse /bin/true
to /etc/modprobe.d/local-disabled-modules to blacklist them. Then
remake the initramfs. I suggest to keep a backup in case the boot
does not work, then you can always use grub to load the backed up
> dm_snapshot dm_mirror
>> These are device mapper modules that I won't use.
Ditto, if you're sure you won't need them.
> raid10 raid0 raid456 xor
>> I use RAID1 on this box - I have no need for all these modules.
> And prior to 2.6.18 it was worse, as raid were separate
I am curious why raid456 and raid10 get loaded. Could you post your
initramfs somewhere for me to download?
also sprach Cian Davis <davisc at skynet.ie> [2006.11.22.0911 +1100]:
> >> (I am working on a new edition, but it's going to take
> >> substantially longer than etch itself).
> > That's the problem with a comprehensive reference work on such
> > a fast moving subject, isn't it - getting it out before it's
> > obsolete.
>> Well, with Debian you'd have a pretty good chance of getting it
> out before the next release ;-)
Old habits die hard, huh? If you didn't notice, then we're close to
releasing etch 18 months after sarge. It took me a year to write the
book for sarge, which took 3 years to complete. A *lot* changed
between sarge and etch. It pains me that I cannot release an updated
edition with etch, but it's just not economically feasible, and
I did spend most of the time since sarge with severe health
problems, not unrelated to typing for many hours every day for 12
months in a row.
But a new edition will follow. Whether for etch or lenny (etch+1),
I am not sure yet.
Please keep me on Cc.
martin; (greetings from the heart of the sun.)
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