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From: Tomasz Chmielewski <>
Subject: kernel cmdline: root=/dev/sdb1,/dev/sda1 "fallback"?
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 13:58:13 +0100	[thread overview]
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I have a Linux (ARM) device that normally starts from /dev/sda1.

It is configured to do so via a cmdline in a RedBoot bootloader:


The device is pretty small and has no keyboard, video card etc., so if 
it ever happens to break (can be a disk failure, but also operator who 
messed with startup scripts), it has to be opened (warranty!).

These all unpleasant tasks could be avoided if it was possible to have a 
"fallback" device. For example, consider this hypothetical command line:


/dev/sdb1 - USB-stick which can boot the device
/dev/sda1 - HDD which normally starts the device

It would mean, that kernel tries to boot the OS from /dev/sdb1, and if 
there isn't such a device, it tries to boot the OS from /dev/sda1.

In our case, /dev/sdb1 would be an external USB-stick capable to boot 
the device (in that case, we'd have to add rootdelay= option, too).
One would connect it only if he/she wants to service the device.

If /dev/sdb1 is not found by the kernel, the boot would start 
("fallback") from /dev/sda1.

Does this make sense?

As I understand correctly, the needed change would have to be done in 
init/do_mounts.c, around "static int __init do_mount_root" and "void 
__init mount_block_root"? Any clues on that?

Tomasz Chmielewski

             reply	other threads:[~2007-01-17 13:30 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-17 12:58 Tomasz Chmielewski [this message]
2007-01-17 13:37 ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-17 14:09   ` Tomasz Chmielewski
2007-01-17 20:33     ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-01-18 10:33       ` Tomasz Chmielewski
2007-01-18 10:47         ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-01-18 11:48           ` Tomasz Chmielewski
2007-01-18 18:48             ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-01-17 13:37 ` Alon Bar-Lev
2007-01-17 13:56   ` Tomasz Chmielewski
2007-01-17 14:06     ` Alon Bar-Lev
2007-01-17 14:12       ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-18 10:50 Al Borchers
2007-01-18 14:21 ` Tomasz Chmielewski
2007-01-18 20:33   ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-01-19  4:12   ` Al Borchers

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