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Date:	Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:55:17 -0500
From:	Eric Sandeen <sandeen@...hat.com>
To:	Phillip Susi <psusi@...ntu.com>
CC:	ext4 development <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: What is e2initrd_helper?

On 4/11/12 10:46 AM, Phillip Susi wrote:
> I came across this program in e2fsprogs and it doesn't seem to have a
> man page.  What is its purpose?  Looking at the code, it appears to
> extract the fs type listed in the /etc/fstab of the root fs before it
> is mounted, but why?

+2004-09-18  Theodore Ts'o  <tytso@....edu>
+
+       * e2initrd_helper.c: New program which allows initrd scripts to
+               check on the contents of /etc/fstab without (a) needing to
+               mount the root filesystem, and (b) needing /bin/awk in the
+               initrd environment.  (Addresses Debian Bug #247775)
+

Other than that, I dunno, but Ted might.  :)

-Eric

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