On Sun, Oct 27, 2019 at 3:06 AM James Le Cuirot <ch...@gentoo.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Oct 2019 05:38:48 -0400
> Joshua Kinard <ku...@gentoo.org> wrote:
> > Why do I not like an initramfs, though?  Well, for one, it complicates the
> > kernel compiles (and it makes them bigger, something which is an issue on
> > the old SGI systems at times).  Two, it's another layer that I have to
> > maintain.  Three, it violates, in my mind, the simplicity of keeping the
> > kernel and userland separated (e.g., kernel does kernel-y things, userland
> > does userland-y things).
> You make it sound like the initramfs has to be built into the kernel
> image. It can be but it usually isn't. I suspect you know that though?
> Admittedly that does depend on support from your bootloader. While GRUB
> and U-Boot have supported this for years, I forget what oddball
> bootloaders your hardware may be using.

Though he's likely not using it, GRUB2 supports all the platforms he
mentioned (x86, amd64, sparc64, [sgi] mips).

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