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).