Preparing for 6.3 Release

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at
Mon Jun 11 10:41:59 PDT 2007

On 6/11/07, Alexander E. Patrakov <patrakov at> wrote:
> Dan Nicholson wrote:
> > "If you're using the toram option, you must remount the CD to use the
> > package tarballs in /lfs-sources."
> >
> > I don't know if that's all that's correct. I didn't investigate when I
> > was using toram yesterday.
> Now we have an additional variable: the -nosrc CD, which doesn't contain
> sources, but must contain the same /etc/issue file, because root.ext2 is the
> same. If we don't find a wording that covers all three cases, I will have to
> generate /etc/issue during boot. Anyway, the /lfs-sources symlink should be
> removed during boot if it is dangling, so a script (or part of initramfs
> /init) is needed anyway.

I think that generated would be the best since I can't think of any
words that aren't convoluted. What about something like this in
intramfs/ (wording to be improved, of course):

nosrc=@nosrc@ # This would be 0 or 1 as substituted by the Makefile


case ${toram}${nosrc} in
00) cat >> /.root/etc/issue << "EOF" # or however you would access it
from the initramfs
Find the sources in /lfs-sources
*1) ;; # No sources, so don't bother saying anything?
10) cat >> /.root/etc/issue << "EOF"
Since you are using the toram option, you must remount the CD to
find the sources for the LFS packages.

> >>> 3) Undocumented initramfs boot options. Maybe we should document things like
> >>> "noapic pci=noacpi", too.
> >
> > That'd be nice. Is it possible to add more documentation pages to
> > isolinux? We could add options2.msg and add "F2 options2.msg" to
> > isolinux.cfg, right?
> Yes.

I don't know all the options, but I'll play with this a bit.

> > The only package I saw that I thought was borderline was
> > xf86-video-intel-2.0.0. You and I both read the xorg mailing list and
> > know that it's not stable yet. If you're curious, the G965 is
> > supported just fine in xf86-video-i180-1.7.4. I've been using it for
> > months. It doesn't have all the fancy functionality of intel-2.0.0
> > (but neither does the livecd since it's using libXrandr-1.1.2), but
> > it's working fine. What was the reason for updating to 2.0.0?
> Ability to set modes that the monitor prefers (e.g., native resolution on
> LCD monitors). According to forums, 915resolution is not too reliable (e.g.,
> Xorg and the monitor disagree upon the synchronization frequencies).
> However, now I am not sure whether xf86-video-intel-2.0.0 is really better.
> Anyway, it supports more hardware (new: i965GM, found in laptops).

I forgot about the 915resolution package. Things have always just
worked for me. Well, until it breaks something, I say keep it in. I
don't think anyone's going to try any xrandr'ing from a livecd,


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