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Re: Changes in GRUB help

From: Colin Watson
Subject: Re: Changes in GRUB help
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:22:54 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 03:12:51PM -0600, address@hidden wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 7:22 AM, KESHAV P.R. <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Yes, the patch definitely works. It is part of Fedora's GRUB2 src-rpm
> > package. But I changed the file manually before compiling grub2.
> > The strange thing is that even without any initrd line in the menuentry, the
> > Fedora system boots successfully (my guess is that the Fedora's kernel
> > searches for its compatible initramfs file without relying on grub or
> > grub2).
> Linux initramfs is inside the kernel binary, not a separate file, and
> so needs no extra support from the bootloader.

Linux *can* behave this way if you want it to, but most distributions do
not set it up like that.  This mode is usually only used by self-built
kernels, and it's not universal even there since sometimes it's more
convenient to be able to change the initramfs separately.

Colin Watson                                       address@hidden

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