[arch-projects] [mkinitcpio][RFC] a better fallback image?

Tom Gundersen teg at jklm.no
Wed Jul 25 18:06:12 EDT 2012

On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM, Jan Steffens <jan.steffens at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think there are a few corner cases it wouldn't boot, but it sounds
> generally useful.

Probably, not covering 100% would be ok, but maybe we could do 95% ;-)

> Wouldn't this add quite a lot of weight to our kernel packages? Making
> the modules built-in instead of shipping them twice would probably
> help with this.

Hm, I think some extra space would be worth it for increased
reliability. We could easily make this a split package though, so
people don't have to install it (btw, the rescue image should (imo)
contain all the (relevant) modules, whereas what Dave suggested was to
compile in a few selected ones to cover most cases).

> I'm still thinking about that "rescue" initcpio with a bigger toolset
> (pacman, rsync, et cetera), but that's another issue.

By adding mkinitcpio hooks to the respective packages over time, the
fallback image could be improved gradually to allow more advanced


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