Re: [SLUG] Copying and booting linux with a partition with a different filesystem type

From: Paul M Foster (
Date: Mon Mar 31 2008 - 08:26:50 EST

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:25:24PM -0400, Eben King wrote:

> There's either a kernel flag for it supplied by the bootloader, or the
> kernel expects / to be mounted when it's invoked, I can't figure out which.
> /etc/fstab has an entry for / , but it must be dummy, since by that time /
> is already mounted. The kernel needs support for /'s filesystem, either
> modular (and in the initrd) or in the kernel. If the module to access / is
> on /, you have a nice catch-22.

I don't think so. Once configured properly, grub knows how to load your
*boot* filesystem. The entry in /etc/fstab takes over, loading the
*root* filesystem once grub has loaded the boot filesystem and booted the


Paul M. Foster
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