Making a new initrd for gentoo (not gentoox)

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Making a new initrd for gentoo (not gentoox)

Post by bloodgod589 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 3:23 pm

I have a server xbox with plain gentoo on it and its installed alright. I want to put a linuxroot 4 gig file system on my other xbox for music and torrents. I made the swap file and the linuxoot already. all i need to do is make a initrd to boot the linuxroot off of the fatx.

Shallax can you give me some help?? Or anyone else. I know how to use the mkinitrd file, but i dont know what modules i need, remastering it, etc.


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look inside initrd.gz

Post by Krazy » Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:10 am

Yes it would be nice to know exactly how to recreate initrd.gz etc Unfortunately I don't.

Of course you can take a peek inside, and that may help... its as far as I have got on the subject.

As root:

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mkdir unpack
cd unpack
cp /mnt/fatx/e/initrd.gz .
gunzip initrd.gz
mkdir mnt_initrd
losetup /dev/loop/1 initrd
mount -t ext2 /dev/loop/1 ./mnt_initrd
cd mnt_initrd
Look around to your hearts content... then later:

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umount ./mnt_initrd
losetup -d /dev/loop/1
The above was done on an gentooX home install that has a /dev/loop/0 used already for the rootfs. YMMV.
v1.1 xbox, stock HD, soft-modded [uxe+ dualboot: UnleashX/GentooX], with Pro2.0
v1.4 xbox, stock HD, Xecuter3 (X3 3294), running headless with Home 6.1

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Post by ShALLaX » Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:22 pm

Or quicker still...

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mkdir /mnt/tmp
gunzip ./initrd.gz
mount -o loop initrd /mnt/tmp
look around

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umount /mnt/tmp
gzip ./initrd
rm -rf /mnt/tmp
The original Xbox adaptation of Gentoo

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