Re: [PATCH] initramfs

From: H. Peter Anvin (
Date: Sat May 04 2002 - 17:04:12 EST

Followup to: <>
By author: "ChristianK." (Christian Koenig)
In newsgroup:
> I have tried to implement the "initramfs buffer spec -- third draft" by hpa
> and Al Viro.
> It isn't complete yet, because off the following unresolved topics:
> 1. For the moment it only supports files,dirs and symlinks.
> 2. It still needs the "RAM disk" and "initrd" support compiled in the Kernel.
> 3. I haven't tried to support hardlinks.
> 4. Since i use the ramdisk for decompression the cpio image must be a
> multiple of BLOCK_SIZE bytes.
> 5. The cpio crc field is ignored.
> I have done this only for testing if the "initramfs buffer spec -- third
> draft" suffers all requirements. And to give a starting point for
> implementing this. The patch works for linux 2.5.9 - 2.5.13.
> The only problem i found is that after a "TRAILER!!!" cpio (per default)
> align on a 512 bytes boundary, not 4 bytes.

This is consistent with the spec. It isn't *required* by the spec,
but a data generator is free to add arbitrary amounts of zero-padding.


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