Password on ELDK nfs booting

Magnus Damm damm at
Wed Aug 28 03:38:23 EST 2002

I've made a patch for e2fsprogs that makes it possible
to use debugfs to create ext2-images from userspace.

If that program is used together with fakeroot
it's possible to do everything* without root access.

*if everything is generating your target filesystem with
correct permissions and uids/gids

I think that is nice.

Mail me if you want the patch.

/ magnus

Wolfgang Denk wrote:
> In message <Pine.LNX.4.40.0208271536520.3441-100000 at> you wrote:
> >
> > > It seems you are using devfs; try running without  it.  I  don't  see
> > > much   advantages   of  devfs  for  embedded  systems  where  such  a
> > > flexibility is usually not needed, on contrary.
> >
> > Well, I see at least two advantages: a) you don't need to have root
> > privileges to assemble your root-filesystem, b) it's the way /dev
> > should have been implemented in the first place.
> >
> > I admid both arguments cover rather aesthetical aspects, so your
> > mileage may vary.
> The main disadvantage is the increased  memory  footprint  which  you
> have  to  pay  for  a  flexibility on the target which is usually not
> necessary.
> Your (a) is not really an argument; there are several  solutions  for
> this "problem", for example:
>         genext2fs - ext2 filesystem generator for embedded systems
>                 see
>         gBootRoot - distribution creation program which may be used by a normal user
>                 see
> (b) is a matter of taste; for embedded systems, I tend  to  prefer  a
> fixed,  static  configuration  which  does  not  cost too much of the
> resources which may be somewhat limited (espacially ROM and RAM).
> Yes, MMV ;-)
> Wolfgang Denk
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> Some companies call their prototypes "releases", that's all.

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