[arch-general] Was Re: [arch-dev-public] [mkinitcpio][RFC] a better fallback image?

Myra Nelson myra.nelson at hughes.net
Thu Jul 26 00:52:51 EDT 2012

On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM, Tom Gundersen <teg at jklm.no> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM, Dave Reisner <d at falconindy.com> wrote:
>>> > As an alternative/addition, which has also been brought up before, why
>>> > don't we build in the most basic of modules? I'll bet we can cover at
>>> > least 50% of the use cases by picking some choice pata/sata modules
>>> > (e.g. ahci, ata_piix, pata_jmicron, sd_mod, ext4) and compiling them in
>>> > staticly. It, of course, doesn't cover folks with non-trivial setups,
>>> > but it provides a bulletproof bootstrap for a lot of people.
>>> I really think this would be a good idea. I wanted to make some
>>> additions to pierres pkgstats stuff so we could have an idea of how
>>> large percentage of our users would be covered by the modules you
>>> propose. I expect the vast majority would.
>> Sure. I'd love to see the running kernel version and the first column of
>> /proc/modules submitted with pkgstats. If we were to reset the global
>> stats (or just reset the epoch) and make a concerted effort to have
>> people submit (news post, social media, allan's blog, etc) I'll bet we
>> could gather some good usage stats from -ARCH kernel consumers in a
>> fairly short timeframe.
> Pierre: would something like the attached patch make sense for pkgstats?
> Cheers,
> Tom

To all:

Sorry to intrude but, after reading this I altered mkinitcpio.conf to
use xz compression, used this module list

MODULES="i2c_dev i2c_smbus i2c_algo_bit i2c_piix4 drm ttm
drm_kms_helper radeon snd soundcore snd_timer snd_page_alloc snd_pcm
snd_hwdep snd_hda_codec snd_hda_codec_realtek snd_hda_codec_hdmi
snd_hda_intel pci_hotplug shpchp fuse drm i2c_dev i2c_piix4 i2c_smbus
drm_kms_helper i2c_algo_bit radeon e1000 edac_core sp5100_tco
powernow_k8 mperf processor psmouse evdev serio_raw button sunrpc
nfs_acl lockd auth_rpcgss fscache nfs wmi usb_common usbcore ohci_hcd
ehci_hcd usbhid hid scsi_mod libata libahci ahci sd_mod sr_mod cdrom
pata_atiixp floppy fat vfat crc16 jbd2 mbcache ext4"

which includes 97% of the modules I use ( lsmod ) and left autodect
on. With a stock -ARCH 3.5 kernel the image is 9.2 Mb.


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