module autoloading in slackware 8.1, was: Re: speakup.i SCSI problems

Adam Myrow amyrow at
Mon Dec 30 18:20:11 EST 2002

I've never figured out exactly how it works, but you may need to use
something called initrd.  This stands for initial ram disk.  The idea is
that you create a RAM disk that contains the modules you need, load it and
the modules, then transfer to the root filesystem with the modules loaded.
Redhat does this all the time. You'd need a Linux system to do the RAM
disk creation, I think unless there are pre-configured ones.  If you have
an existing Slackware system, what you could do to make a custom kernel is
to unpack the kernel source in your home directory and build like normal.
Copy the resulting bzImage to vmlinuz on the Zip disk and go from there.
I don't own a parallel port Zip drive myself, but I think either the
initrd or custom kernel are your only options.  I'm actually surprised
that Zipslack doesn't offer a kernel with both Speakup and parallel zip

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