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From: Andrew Gaffney <agaffney@g.o>
Subject: Re: QLA2xxx
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:58:02 -0600
BRM wrote:
> --- Ivan Kabaivanov <chepati@...> wrote:
>> On Thursday 28 February 2008, BRM wrote:
>>> Thanks. Quick additional Q though -
>>> where's the best place to store the initrd? USB? Floppy? CD?
>> the most logical place -- /boot, right next to the kernel image.
> 
> Obviously - but on what storage medium?
> 
> If the kernel can't access the hard drive connected to the QLA2xxx
> controller, then I can't mount /boot if it is on the hard drive. Sure,
> the OpenBoot PROM might be able to load SILO from the hard drive, but
> then can SILO load the kernel from the hard drive (probably)? So, it
> comes back to my question - can the system boot from a USB device?
> 
> Otherwise, I have to either do a network boot (not sure how initrd
> retrieval works there; but I don't really have the resources to do that
> any way), or use the floppy or CD; or go to OpenSolaris.

Are you being purposely dense? It's already been stated (probably more than 
once) that SILO is capable of loading the kernel *and* initramfs from the disk 
via OBP. You don't need to stick the initramfs on any other medium.

As for booting from USB, I'm not sure. I don't have any systems with USB, so I 
can't test it myself. However, my guess would be no.

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Andrew Gaffney                                 http://dev.gentoo.org/~agaffney/
Gentoo Linux Developer             Catalyst/Installer + x86 release coordinator
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