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Old 04-26-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
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decompressing initrd

I have a simple question.I want to know how to decompress initrd image so that i can view its contents.Also if someone can tell me how to decompress the vmlinuz image it would be of great help.

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Old 04-26-2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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If you do a
file /path/to/file
on either file it should tell you the compression used then you can decompress like that.

I think when i looked at initrds on fedora core it was cpio compression so thats a possibility.

edit: I just checked mine now and the commands needed were
cp /boot/initrd-blah .
mv initrd-blah initrd-blah.gz
gzip -d initrd-blah.gz
cpio -i < initrd-blah
Those will extract the contents into the current directory so i would advise doing it in a new empty directory.

Last edited by rconan; 04-26-2006 at 12:47 PM.
Old 04-27-2006, 02:00 AM   #3
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Thanks,it worked for me.



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