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Re: [alpine-devel] initrd and kernel-mode DHCP

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:28:04 +0200

On Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:49:38 +0100
Hugo Landau <> wrote:

> Hi.
> Is there any purpose to having CONFIG_IP_PNP=y in the Alpine kernel
> configuration? It appears that this feature necessitates network
> drivers to be built into the kernel, rather than as modules, but
> since Alpine builds such drivers as modules, the feature is unusable.
> Correct me if I'm wrong on this.

You are probably right. I am currently on vacation so could you please
create an issue on for this so I does not
get forgotten.

> If this were disabled, we could instead handle "ip=dhcp" in the
> command line via the initrd init script and udhcpc, after network
> drivers were loaded. The inclusion of network drives in the initrd
> would be configurable via mkinitfs to keep default initrd sizes down.
> The ultimate goal here is to enable Alpine to usefully PXE boot. Once
> Alpine is able to obtain an IP at the initrd phase, further
> modifications to the initrd init script to permit NFS or HTTP servers
> to be specified in the alpine_dev argument should be relatively
> straightforward.

This is something we want yes.



Received on Thu Apr 04 2013 - 17:28:04 UTC