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liveroot

Initcpio hooks for overlayfs ontop of root

Tired of the slow I/O when running Linux on a USB OS? Liveroot greatly speeds up USB based Linux by writing to ram instead of to the USB. Flushing the ram to the USB stick can be controlled by the user by calling /usr/bin/overlay_flush.

Liveroot has 3 modes of operation that can be triggered by adding to the kernel cmdline:

Option Use
oroot=raw use a tmpfs overlay
oroot=compressed use a lzo compressed zram overlay
oroot=live load root into a lzo compressed ram overlay

You will want to move these files to the appropriate directory:

In Repo On Root
initcpio/hooks/oroot /usr/lib/initcpio/hooks/oroot
initcpio/install/oroot /usr/lib/initcpio/install/oroot

Add oroot to the hooks array of /etc/mkinitcpio.conf (after udev and possibly encrypt) and run # mkinitcpio -p linux to run oroot at boot.

*In addition, liveroot now has a compiler that can create a more customized liveroot script. If you pass "btrfs" to the compiler it'll produce a version of liveroot that uses btrfs snapshotting abilities for overlay_flush. Note, to use the btrfs mode, you will need to have a a btrfs root and a subvolume at /snapshots for snapshots. To use the compiler : chmod u+x compiler ./compiler or ./compiler btrfs This will generate two files: oroot, oroot_install

You will want to move these files to the appropriate directory :

In Repo On Root
oroot /usr/lib/initcpio/hooks/oroot
oroot_install /usr/lib/initcpio/install/oroot