[arch-dev-public] [mkinitcpio][RFC] a better fallback image?

Tobias Powalowski tobias.powalowski at googlemail.com
Mon Jul 30 06:16:41 EDT 2012

Am 30.07.2012 12:09, schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
> Am 30.07.2012 12:03, schrieb Tobias Powalowski:
>> Am 30.07.2012 11:55, schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
>>> Am 30.07.2012 00:18, schrieb Tom Gundersen:
>>>> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM, Tom Gundersen <teg at jklm.no> wrote:
>>>>> It seems to me that a more useful fallback image, would be one that is
>>>>> generated at compile-time, rather than at install-time, and shipped as
>>>>> a part of the kernel package. This would avoid user errors, and
>>>>> mkinitcpio run-time problems.
>>>>> This fallback image should contain the widest sets of hooks and
>>>>> modules so that it should work on any hardware and any setup (at least
>>>>> to the extent possible with our current hooks).
>>>> I put a PKGBUILD up on AUR[0]. Rather than making it part of the
>>>> kernel package, I made it separate (at Thomas' request). At least this
>>>> should make it easy to test without having to rebuild kernels.
>>>> At the moment it simply includes all the hooks I could think of. If,
>>>> in the future, we would like to add more features to it (e.g.  pacman,
>>>> arch-install-scripts or better networking tools), we should add
>>>> mkinitcpio hooks to the relevant pacakges.
>>>> Any thoughts?
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Tom
>>>> [0]: <https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=61313>
>>> It'll be better to make it a split of the linux package to make sure
>>> modules are compatible.
>> As far as I understand covers it everything so no need to be compatible
>> with the installed kernel.
>> greetingst
>> tpowa
> Except it does not include the kernel itself. Modules without a
> matching kernel are not that useful.
Well something similar is provided by me since ages here:

Tobias Powalowski
Archlinux Developer & Package Maintainer (tpowa)
tpowa at archlinux.org

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