Re: [PATCH v5] init: Disable defaults if init= fails

From: Rob Landley
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 - 23:16:16 EST

On 09/30/14 20:52, Frank Rowand wrote:
> On 9/30/2014 5:58 PM, Rob Landley wrote:
>> If you're going to argue that it should "default y", that's a defensible
>> choice. But please don't argue for kernel config symbols with a negative
>> meaning or we'll start having allyesconfig_n brain damage too...
> Yes, "default y" is a valid answer to my request.

Works for me.

>>> Instead of using a config option, would adding another kernel
>>> command line option, such as 'init_fail_is_fatal', work for
>>> your needs?
>> That was the previous series of patches you ignored, which added code so
>> you can provide _extra_ kernel commands to tell it _not_ to do stuff.
>> The patches did not generate noticeable enthusiasm.
> But there also was not a strong push back either. Just Chuck's suggestion
> of an alternate syntax, and your suggestion of instead using a config
> option (and possibly immediately deprecating the config option).
> You could as easily frame the argument that the added code was to
> tell the kernel to "_do_ stuff" (panic) instead of "_not_ do stuff".
> But that is just semantics on my part; whatever.
> I thought the general trend was to try to avoid adding config options.
> The strictinit method seems fine to me.

Embedded guys care:

>>> I have a feeling this has already been proposed,
>>> as the 'strictinit' option mentioned in the changes from v3
>>> below might be the same concept?
>> That was it, yes.
>> Having to get your kernel config right (and your kernel command line
>> right) in order for your system to boot is not really a new concept, is
>> it? You can still specify "init=/bin/sh" if you want that. (I do it all
>> the time when I need to edit a system I haven't bothered to look up the
>> root password to.)
> Yes, of course I can. So it falls back to personal preference (as I said,
> I like that some failed boots will drop into a shell without having to
> change the kernel command line).

The config option lets it do that. Default Y preserves the old behavior.


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