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Old 08-20-2005, 09:45 AM   #1
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Kernel 2.6: I don't want/need initrd ...

I'm building a 2.6 from source. (We Don't Need No Stinkin' RPMs. )

It seems to want to do an initird. It complains about "initio" during make install. I don't want or need an initrd. Why does this appear?

Where is the 'initial ram-disk' option buried in make xconfig?
Old 08-20-2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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The only reason to use "make install" in a 2.6 series kernel is if you have lilo installed to suit the kernel makefiles. Otherwise you only need "make xconfig" (or your choice) && "make" && "make modules_install" per Linus instructions in the README file that's with the kernel source.

I think you know, but the only reason for an initrd.img is if you need a module to load the kernel that you don't have built into the kernel, such as support for the / filesystem.

I believe that if you compile your / filesystem into your kernel, and you don't issue "make install" then you won't get that message. And afaik, there is nothing in "make xconfig" to do with an 'initial ram-disk' option.

I just compiled a fresh tonight, to remove something that doesn't work, and I use Jesper Juhl's quick guide, minus his symlink stuff at the bottom. It's not necessary, seeing as how the kernel already looks three places for And the one time I tried that, it was still pointing to the original because rc.local hadn't run yet, so it gave me problems. I like his guide, though, for I can copy and paste his commands, just changing my kernel version number in his lines.


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