Accepted debian-installer 20041118ubuntu2 (source)

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Nov 23 16:19:43 CST 2004

On Tue, Nov 23, 2004 at 02:04:01PM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 23, 2004 at 08:40:22PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> > Also, I believe that the d-i feature of allowing you to supply module
> > parameters in expert mode no longer works, since hotplug loads modules
> > directly and it's fundamentally very difficult to hook into this; ideas
> > welcome.
> Does d-i use module-init-tools, or some stripped-down busybox version?

module-init-tools at the moment.

> If it uses module-init-tools, this doesn't seem too difficult.  Before
> activating hotplug, parse the kernel command line and write an
> /etc/modprobe.d/debian-installer file with the options in it.

You don't know what modules are going to be needed before activating
hotplug, though. The UI in expert mode goes:

  Prompt for module parameters?
    yes ->
      as each module is loaded:
        Additional parameters for module ${MODULE}:

It's true that you can provide kind of the same facility using the
kernel command line, but kernel command line space is extremely limited
and preseeded installs already usually run right up against the limits.


Colin Watson                                    [cjwatson at]

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