Commit 57ddfdaa authored by Florian Fainelli's avatar Florian Fainelli Committed by Linus Torvalds

initramfs: fix disabling of initramfs (and its compression)

Commit db2aa7fd ("initramfs: allow again choice of the embedded
initram compression algorithm") introduced the possibility to select the
initramfs compression algorithm from Kconfig and while this is a nice
feature it broke the use case described below.

Here is what my build system does:

 - kernel is initially configured not to have an initramfs included

 - build the user space root file system

 - re-configure the kernel to have an initramfs included
   (CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="/path/to/romfs") and set relevant
   CONFIG_INITRAMFS options, in my case, no compression option
   (CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_NONE)

 - kernel is re-built with these options -> kernel+initramfs image is
   copied

 - kernel is re-built again without these options -> kernel image is
   copied

Building a kernel without an initramfs means setting this option:

  CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="" (and this one only)

whereas building a kernel with an initramfs means setting these options:

  CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="/home/fainelli/work/uclinux-rootfs/romfs /home/fainelli/work/uclinux-rootfs/misc/initramfs.dev"
  CONFIG_INITRAMFS_ROOT_UID=1000
  CONFIG_INITRAMFS_ROOT_GID=1000
  CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_NONE=y
  CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION=""

Commit db2aa7fd ("initramfs: allow again choice of the embedded
initram compression algorithm") is problematic because
CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION which is used to determine the
initramfs_data.cpio extension/compression is a string, and due to how
Kconfig works it will evaluate in order, how to assign it.

Setting CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_NONE with CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE=""
cannot possibly work (because of the depends on INITRAMFS_SOURCE!=""
imposed on CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION ) yet we still get
CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION assigned to ".gz" because CONFIG_RD_GZIP=y
is set in my kernel, even when there is no initramfs being built.

So we basically end-up generating two initramfs_data.cpio* files, one
without extension, and one with .gz.  This causes usr/Makefile to track
usr/initramfs_data.cpio.gz, and not usr/initramfs_data.cpio anymore,
that is also largely problematic after 9e3596b0 ("kbuild:
initramfs cleanup, set target from Kconfig") because we used to track
all possible initramfs_data files in the $(targets) variable before that
commit.

The end result is that the kernel with an initramfs clearly does not
contain what we expect it to, it has a stale initramfs_data.cpio file
built into it, and we keep re-generating an initramfs_data.cpio.gz file
which is not the one that we want to include in the kernel image proper.

The fix consists in hiding CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION when
CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="".  This puts us back in a state to the
pre-4.10 behavior where we can properly disable and re-enable initramfs
within the same kernel .config file, and be in control of what
CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION is set to.

Fixes: db2aa7fd ("initramfs: allow again choice of the embedded initram compression algorithm")
Fixes: 9e3596b0 ("kbuild: initramfs cleanup, set target from Kconfig")
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20170521033337.6197-1-f.fainelli@gmail.comSigned-off-by: default avatarFlorian Fainelli <f.fainelli@gmail.com>
Acked-by: default avatarNicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>
Cc: P J P <ppandit@redhat.com>
Cc: Paul Bolle <pebolle@tiscali.nl>
Cc: Michal Marek <mmarek@suse.cz>
Cc: Daniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@linaro.org>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
parent 4f4f2ba9
......@@ -220,6 +220,7 @@ config INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_LZ4
endchoice
config INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION
depends on INITRAMFS_SOURCE!=""
string
default "" if INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_NONE
default ".gz" if INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_GZIP
......
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