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authorEric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>2010-03-02 23:53:19 -0800
committerAl Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>2010-03-03 14:56:07 -0500
commit2bd3a997befc226ab4b504f05c5cbba305f3e0e6 (patch)
parent2329e392accdb1b277927e8d9cbf568ba3f3856d (diff)
init: Open /dev/console from rootfs
To avoid potential problems with an empty /dev open /dev/console from rootfs instead of waiting to mount our root filesystem and mounting it there. This effectively guarantees that there will be a device node, and it won't be on a filesystem that we will ever unmount, so there are no issues with leaving /dev/console open and pinning the filesystem. This is actually more effective than automatically mounting devtmpfs on /dev because it removes removes the occasionally problematic assumption that /dev/console exists from the boot code. With this patch I was able to throw busybox on my /boot partition (which has no /dev directory) and boot into userspace without problems. The only possible negative consequence I can think of is that someone out there deliberately used did not use a character device that is major 5 minor 2 for /dev/console. Does anyone know of a situation in which that could make sense? Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com> Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
2 files changed, 6 insertions, 9 deletions
diff --git a/init/do_mounts_initrd.c b/init/do_mounts_initrd.c
index 614241b5200..2b108538d0d 100644
--- a/init/do_mounts_initrd.c
+++ b/init/do_mounts_initrd.c
@@ -30,11 +30,7 @@ static int __init do_linuxrc(void * shell)
extern char * envp_init[];
- sys_close(0);sys_close(1);sys_close(2);
- (void) sys_open("/dev/console",O_RDWR,0);
- (void) sys_dup(0);
- (void) sys_dup(0);
return kernel_execve(shell, argv, envp_init);
diff --git a/init/main.c b/init/main.c
index 4cb47a159f0..106e02d7ffa 100644
--- a/init/main.c
+++ b/init/main.c
@@ -806,11 +806,6 @@ static noinline int init_post(void)
system_state = SYSTEM_RUNNING;
- if (sys_open((const char __user *) "/dev/console", O_RDWR, 0) < 0)
- printk(KERN_WARNING "Warning: unable to open an initial console.\n");
- (void) sys_dup(0);
- (void) sys_dup(0);
current->signal->flags |= SIGNAL_UNKILLABLE;
@@ -873,6 +868,12 @@ static int __init kernel_init(void * unused)
+ /* Open the /dev/console on the rootfs, this should never fail */
+ if (sys_open((const char __user *) "/dev/console", O_RDWR, 0) < 0)
+ printk(KERN_WARNING "Warning: unable to open an initial console.\n");
+ (void) sys_dup(0);
+ (void) sys_dup(0);
* check if there is an early userspace init. If yes, let it do all
* the work