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Re: [opensuse-factory] Why do we have busybox now?
On 2018-05-04 16:16, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:
On 05/03/2018 04:30 PM,  Carlos E. R.  wrote:
Normally you put it in your initramfs and call for it when everything
goes haywire.

I guess that would require another entry in the grub2 menu?

No, you just pass "init=/bin/busybox" and you're set.

Ah, that's it. Yes, this makes sense :-)

The whole point of busybox is to be able to provide init and minimal
command line functionality with a single binary. Hence, it's being used
for lots of embedded projects and some distributions like Debian actually
put it into the initrd by default, so systemd can drop to a shell when
the boot fails.

Yes, that is a good idea, but should be optional - some installs use a
separate and small /boot partition, and having busybox there would
increase initrd size notably.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 42.3 x86_64 "Malachite" at Telcontar)

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