Talk:mkinitcpio

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Talking about other hooks and a more generic view of the early userspace

I am the current maintainer of the the dropbear_initrd_encryptAUR, and, I've also developed some other mkinitcpio hooks, such as: mkinitcpio-pppAUR and mkinitcpio-ddnsAUR. I will write some wiki pages describing them, but I would also like to talk more about the early userspace. So, my question is, should I make an early userspace page, should I write a page just for the hooks? Should I write it and make it related to the mkinitcpio page? Thanks in advance.

Grazzolini (talk) 01:03, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

It depends a lot on how much content you're actually going to write. I suggest starting by expanding on the early userspace in Arch boot process; then, if what you write gets too long, we can always consider splitting the page. About custom/additional hooks you might create a section below Mkinitcpio#Common hooks, following the same principle: if the content gets too long/detailed to stay in the page, we can split it later. In any case, it's very important that you try your best to avoid duplicating existing information in other articles, and instead either add links to them, or move that information to your new content, if it fits best there, and add links to the new location from the articles where the info was removed. — Kynikos (talk) 4:32, 12 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your information Kynikos. I'll be contributing these changes very soon. Grazzolini (talk) 12:54, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Mark /usr with a passno of 2, not 0

mkinitcpio#/usr as a separate partition firmly suggests to mark /usr with a passno of 0 in /etc/fstab. The way I understand man fstab, 2 is the correct number for the task. Am I wrong? Regid (talk) 19:09, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

It also suggests adding the fsck hook to your config. Seeing as the regular fsck binaries reside on the /usr partition, this is needed to actually make it possible to fsck it at startup. The entry in /etc/fstab should thus be 0. Koneu (talk) 07:27, 7 April 2017 (UTC)
I see your point about the binaries residing on /usr. Still, with a passno of 0 you set no automatic fsck at all, don't you? Would you set passno for / to 0 when usr is an integral part of /?
Indeed the fsck hook copies fsck binaries to the initramfs, and possibly ignores passno for / and /usr at runtime. As an aside, its help text should mention usr, not just /.
Regid (talk) 10:12, 7 April 2017 (UTC)