[Pkg-iscsi-maintainers] Bug#804162: open-iscsi: support iscsi root by format in RFC 4173 (root=iscsi:server:prot:...)

Scott Moser smoser at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 9 20:07:23 UTC 2015

On Thu, 5 Nov 2015, Christian Seiler wrote:

> Yes, this seems like a good idea for something to support. I see a
> minor implementation detail that might need some thinking to fix:
> currently, open-iscsi only adds itself to the initramfs if
> /etc/iscsi/initramfs.iscsi exists - and the information in there
> would be replaced by the root= parameter. On the other hand,
> unconditionally adding the iSCSI binaries to the initramfs might
> also not be wanted behavior, because it makes the initramfs larger.
> (iSCSI can also be used for non-root filesystems.)

Other than size, iscsi is to my memory almost perfectly inert in the
initramfs if it doesnt find any cmdline that says for it to do something.
(iscsi_target_name= or iscsi_auto)

So my feeling is if the user installs open-iscsi, then they want it in the
initramfs.  Do that unless they turn it off.

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