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Re: Feature proposal: Rebootless Installer



On 2009/07/14 05:38 (GMT-0600) Douglas McClendon composed:

> Felix Miata wrote:

>> Doesn't kexec, which does a BIOS bypassing reboot, accomplish what you want?
>> OpenSUSE's installer has had kexec_reboot=1 by default for a version or two
>> (I think default started with 11.1): http://en.opensuse.org/Kexec
>> http://en.opensuse.org/Linuxrc

> ... I could be wrong about that, or my 
> interpretation of what kexec does ...

The first URL explains it.

> Your first link seems currently broken (database error), and the second 

It worked and works for me.

> doesn't really lead me to believe it is anything equivalent.

The second URL is mainly a list of installer options, and affirms my
statement that kexec is now a default option.

> used *suse that much recently so I can't be sure- Is it perhaps 
> something where they have a very minimal partial installation, then 
> start writing the minimal stuff to disk, kexec-reboot, and then set you 
> up in system that is finishing installing while you use it?  If so, one 

IIRC most rpms, initrd & Grub are installed by the initial installer, then
kexec prior to most configuration steps by the installer now running on the
installed kernel instead of the installation kernel.
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