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Offline teh-botol

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Repack initramfs file script
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:07:03 PM »
Hi Guys,

I just want to share a script to repack initramfs file with new files.

When we go custom (like creating kiosk), we need edit/add some file into the TC base.
Based on tinycorebook, many bootloader support more than one initramfs, but some is not.
I play with RPi to create appliances. Unfortunately, bootloader at piCore can't load 2 initramfs (CMIIW, I have tried many combination in config.txt).
Hence I create a script to ease the job.

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Create a new initramfs file from original file overwritten with custom files.
  repack_initrmfs.sh [args]
  Ori.gz New.gz CustDir   Do the job.
  e Input.gz DestDir      Extract initramfs file.
  p Output.gz InDir       Pack initramfs file.
  g InDir Filter          gzip all filtered files inside directory.
  h (or no-args)          This help.
We create a custom directory for files we need to edit/add into TC base.
Using the script, it will:
1. Extract original TC base.
2. Copy all file from custom directory into extracted one (overwrite existing).
3. Repack into a new initramfs file.

Comment/feedback is appreciated.
Especially to make bootloader support more than one initramfs.


Offline bmarkus

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Re: Repack initramfs file script
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 10:32:48 PM »
Review usage of sudo, better to drop it everywhere in the script. Just one line as example:

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find . | sudo cpio -o -H newc | sudo gzip > $workdir/$OUT
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Offline andyj

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Re: Repack initramfs file script
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2017, 03:21:07 AM »
In my experience you should use sudo for find to get non-tc readable directories, but you don't need it for gzip and you can't redirect to a non-tc writable directory anyway unless you sudo a new shell.

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sudo find . | sudo cpio -o -H newc | gzip >$workdir/$OUT