nALFS2 development

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at
Fri Aug 6 07:20:59 PDT 2004

Jeremy Huntwork wrote:

> Not sure how easy this would be to implement, but a thought just sprang
> to mind while reading these recent posts.  It would be nice to be able
> to start an automated install on a network client that has no host
> system.

I do this now for all the systems I set up. I insert a CD that has 
ISOLINUX and a kernel image on it, the kernel loads, mounts a root 
filesystem via NFS, and I get the build started.

I don't think you could have enough of a host environment available via 
an initramfs or initrd, because it takes quite a bit of space for a 
toolchain, perl, libraries, etc. Also keep in mind that if they are 
loaded via initramfs/initrd they will be pinned into memory, unlike 
accessing them via NFS.

However, NFS has a performance impact, since every access to the 
toolchain has to go over the network. Once an LFS build gets into 
chapter 6 this is a non-issue, obviously, but it certainly slows down 
the chapter 5 build somewhat.

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