Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Oct 23 15:37:43 CDT 2005

[trimming linux-kernel since this is off-topic there]

On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 11:35:16PM -0400, Phillip Susi wrote:
> I am confused.  I thought that once the initramfs init execs the real
> init, the initramfs is freed.  It can't be freed if there are processes
> that still have open files there, so that would seem to prevent any
> processes being started in the initramfs and continuing after the real
> system is booted. 

Before the root filesystem is mounted, the contents of the initramfs are
deleted, so the memory they occupied is freed, except for files which are
still open.

 - mdz

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