Commit f220ab2a authored by Jay Lan's avatar Jay Lan Committed by Linus Torvalds
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[PATCH] Improper initrd failure message at boot time

On system boot up, there was an failure reported to boot.msg:

     <5>Trying to move old root to /initrd ... failed

According to initrd(4) man page, step #7 of BOOT-UP OPERATION
is described as below:
          7. If the normal root file has directory /initrd, device
          /dev/ram0 is moved from  /  to  /initrd.   Otherwise  if
          directory  /initrd  does  not  exist device /dev/ram0 is

We got service calls from customers concerning about this failure message
at boot time.  Many systems do not have /initrd and thus the message can be
changed in the case of non-existing /initrd so that it does not sound like
a failure of the system.

Signed-off-by: default avatarJay Lan <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 1c71e22e
......@@ -86,7 +86,10 @@ static void __init handle_initrd(void)
else {
int fd = sys_open("/dev/root.old", O_RDWR, 0);
if (error == -ENOENT)
printk("/initrd does not exist. Ignored.\n");
printk(KERN_NOTICE "Unmounting old root\n");
sys_umount("/old", MNT_DETACH);
printk(KERN_NOTICE "Trying to free ramdisk memory ... ");
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