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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] build in SATA drivers to the -xen kernel forx86_64

On Wednesday 29 March 2006 17:40, Ian Pratt wrote:
> > This patch adds in the SATA drivers that are supported in the
> > -xen0 kernel.
> > Because the default behavior of xen is to reboot on a dom0
> > crash (i.e. not finding root filesystem), and the xen0 kernel
> > supported SATA directly, a number of people (including
> > myself) got caught by the switch over.
> >
myself also

> > Long term, we probably want to modularize more of the kernel,
> > and make initrd building more of the default, however this
> > should ease people's transition from the -xen0 => -xen kernel
> > for testing on x86_64.
> Is it even possible to boot a modern distro without an initrd? Most
> require an initrd for udev/console stuff.
Surely it's possible. I have debian and gentoo running without a initrd.

> I'd certainly like to see a patch (and clear documentation) that helps
> users with building an appropriate initrd.
It would be good, but be able to boot without an initrd too is really better.

> [I'd wouldn't mind seeing a couple of common SATA controllers included
> in the -xen config anyhow.]

Murillo Fernandes Bernardes
IBM Linux Technology Center

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