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KernelTrap: Yaird, Rewriting mkinitrd

Feb 20, 2005, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Erik van Konijnenburg announced Yaird, 'Yet Another mkInitRD.' Implemented in Perl, he describes the work in progress and proof of concept as 'a rewrite of mkinitrd based on hotplug algorithms.' Erik explains that he reviewed the existing versions of the mkinitrd shell script and concluded, 'they capture a lot of knowledge about the boot process, but don't always understand when a new kernel uses a different module name than the old kernel, may rely on modules compiled into the kernel, and don't always catch errors at the earliest opportunity.' Instead, yaird utilizes the sysfs virtual filesystem and existing hotplug algorithms to determine what drivers are needed to support the current hardware, thereby minimizing the number of special cases and general information about modules that the application itself must know about..."

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