Stuart Lynne sl at
Wed May 10 18:55:18 EDT 2000

In article <Pine.LNX.4.21.0005101335290.1556-100000 at>,
Patrick Higgins <phiggins at> wrote:
>Has anyone tried to get the M-Systems driver to work with initrd, enabling
>a Disk on Chip to be the root device without (illegally) statically

Yes, with small modifications, the existing driver can be made into
a loadable kernel module. And with suitable attention to configuration
details it works fine when used from an INITRD package.

I cannot comment for M-Systems but I believe that they hope to make
this approach available in the future.

If anyone wants a patch to the existing fldrvlnx.c file they can send me

If you want to look at a working system you can check out
and see how thinlinux does it. (If the DOC boot disk hasn't migrated to 
the download area you should be able to get one by contacting 
richard at ThinLinux uses syslinux to boot from a DOS formated
partition on the DOC into a RAM disk. The DOC can then be mounted at any
time for whatever use you want it for.

>linking the driver?  Would the bootloader require special knowledge of
>Disk on Chip to do this?  I would like to use the free drivers that you

I have only use syslinux. It works fine with this approach. 

The patched lilo should work as well (for booting from ext2 filesystems).

Etherboot will not work if a DOC is present (which shouldn't be a problem
for most people). It has the same problem as lilo. 

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