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Old 11-07-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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how do I create an initrd.img file?

Hi All,

I've created a new kernel and am trying to get it set up to boot from. I'm pretty sure I need to create a new kernel-specific initrd.img file. I've been looking online and see a tool in RedHat called: mkinitrd. Its not on my debian installation and doesn't seem to be available via aptitude. Is there a debian utility that will create this file? Here's the RedHat blurb:

The mkinitrd utility creates an initrd image in a single command. This is command is peculiar to RedHat. There may be equivalent command of mkinitrd in other distributions of Linux. This is very convenient utility.

Thanks n advance,

Old 11-07-2007, 05:38 PM   #2
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The command you are looking for is:


It should work something like

mkinitramfs -o <file to create> <kernel version>

Hope this helps
Old 11-07-2007, 05:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help!



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