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Old 06-19-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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Question how to make initrd.img for your kernel without boot disk?

How do i make a initrd.img for my kernel without a bootdisk? I use debian and grub to boot...
btw i have read the man i read "man mkinitrd" and "mkinitrd --help" with a couple other online tutorals but i had a hard time understanding them as a newb at linux.

Heres the kernel i built in the "/boot/grub/menu.lst" dir.


title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/hda1 ro

as you can see it didnt add the initrd.img file but i have tryed configureing the "SCSI" device support in the kernel but im just to newb to get that to work right so i could get around the initrd.img. =P

Thanks in advance!
Old 06-19-2005, 11:30 PM   #2
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Generally you just need to run 'mkinitrd -o /path/to/initrd.img <version>' and it'll create the filesystem image for you. You can also edit /etc/mkinitrd/modules to manually specify any modules that should be included.


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