Bug 203531 - /sbin/installkernel should accept INSTALL_PATH as $4
/sbin/installkernel should accept INSTALL_PATH as $4
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2006-08-22 06:37 EDT by Robert P. J. Day
Modified: 2008-05-06 12:15 EDT (History)
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Description Robert P. J. Day 2006-08-22 06:37:23 EDT
in the current 2.6.17 kernel source tree, the script arch/i386/boot/install.sh
contains the following:
# Arguments:
#   $1 - kernel version
#   $2 - kernel image file
#   $3 - kernel map file
#   $4 - default install path (blank if root directory)
so this script is clearly accepting the install path as the fourth parameter. 
further down that same script, we read:

... exec /sbin/${CROSS_COMPILE}installkernel "$@" ...

so, just as clearly, installkernel is being invoked with the same set of
parameters (including that fourth parm for install path).

  however, if you read /sbin/installkernel, you see:
if [ -z "$INSTALL_PATH" -o "$INSTALL_PATH" == "/boot" ]; then


note how INSTALL_PATH is not being extracted from the parameter list, but from
the set of environment variables.  this just happens to work since the variable
INSTALL_PATH is set and exported from the top-level kernel source tree Makefile,
but it does seem inconsistent.

i'd guess the proper approach would be for installkernel to do:


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