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Re: Ramdisk image on flash.

Subject: Re: Ramdisk image on flash.
From: Mark Salter <>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 14:41:15 -0500 (EST)
In-reply-to: <> (message from Tibor Polgar on Thu, 20 Feb 2003 11:30:39 -0800)
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>>>>> Tibor Polgar writes:

> Pete Popov wrote:
>> On Wed, 2003-02-19 at 22:05, Krishnakumar. R wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > Is there any way that I can keep
>> > a ramdisk image (containing the root filesystem)
>> > in a flash device and boot to it.
>> Yes, and other architectures have support for passing arguments to the
>> kernel that tell it where the ramdisk is. I don't know that we've done
>> that for MIPS, yet.  It wouldn't be too hard to do and maybe someone on
>> this list is already working on it (I think someone actually is working
>> on it and was preparing a patch for Ralf).

> For having separate initrd and kernel load we also need an aware bootloader
> that knows where to find the ramdisk.   RedBoot, from what i read, seems to be
> i386 specific.

Not at all. RedBoot can be used to pass a command line to MIPS kernels. It
would be simple to add the passing of a ramdisk address. It already supports
ramdisks from ARM and SH kernels.


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