Originally Posted by syg00
udev has been in the mainline for ages. The only time you should need an initrd for a custom kernel is if you had (really) esoteric disk/controller hardware, or chose to use UUID or LABEL on the root parameter on the kernel line of your loader. I choose to avoid the latter for my own sanity.
I have never used "make install" - I manage that task myself given I use several different distros.
I typically use the device path, i.e. /dev/sda1. It's actually much easier for me to look at it that way, since I refer to the disk this way with pretty much any other task (partitioning, formatting etc).
I use "make install" because it updates the boot loader automatically for me. I haven't really experimented with that. However I guess I can just remove the reference to the initrd in the bootloader, right? I am using GRUB:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-126.96.36.199-9-default root=/dev/sda2
Just comment out the initrd line, yeah? Or are there other things I need to do?