w00t! Now we're talking
You really deserve a bunch of thanks for doing that
Now for a few clarifications:
You will need to repartition you harddrives. Start with one:
I guess this means formatting the partitions? Can't remember if XFS was shrinkable or not, but my initial thought would be that it wasn't. If this is the case, is there ANY way of repartitioning the drives without clearing them. I currently have about 500gb of stuff on it that I can't fit anywhere else, and even though I could probably throw away most of it (lots of backups etc) it would really be better for me to be able to save it
Built-in: ext3, nfs and iscsi.
So you built in these features in the kernel? Do you have modules available from some place as well? If not, could you guide us in how to create modules (compiler/kernel versions and configs?)
Then extract your favorite distribution's tarball to the mount point
Does this refer to any specific tarball distribution (if so, downloadable from where), or does it just mean "put your distro of choice in the mount point"
Which distro are you currently using? I'm most comfortable with SuSE so that would probably be the one that I would use... not sure how much hassle that is to install without the installer though (not even sure if it is possible
See also: source of linuxrc
Not really that familiar with linux on the embedded systems level. This is just the boot script that you have in the initrd right?
Again: thanks a bunch for posting this