mkinitrd-suse(8) — Linux manual page


MKINITRD(8)                      dracut                      MKINITRD(8)

NAME         top

       mkinitrd-suse - is a compat wrapper, which calls dracut to
       generate an initramfs

SYNOPSIS         top

       mkinitrd [OPTION...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       mkinitrd creates an initramfs image <initrd-image> for the kernel
       with version <kernel-version> by calling dracut.

           This version of mkinitrd is provided for compatibility with
           older versions of mkinitrd. If a more fine grained control
           over the resulting image is needed, dracut should be called

OPTIONS         top

       -R, --version
           print info about the version

       -k <kernel_list>
           List of kernel images for which initrd files are created
           (relative to boot_dir), Image name should begin with the
           following string, defaults to vmlinux on ppc/ppc64, image on
           s390/s390x and vmlinuz for everything else.

       -i <initrd_list>
           List of file names (relative to boot_dir) for the initrd;
           positions have to match the kernel_list. Defaults to initrd.

       -m <module_list>
           Modules to include in initrd, defaults to INITRD_MODULES
           variable in /etc/sysconfig/kernel.

       -f <feature_list>
           Features to be enabled for the initrd. In general mkinitrd
           configures the initrd for the root device it is started from.
           With this option additional feature can be enabled.

       -b <bootdir>
           Boot directory, defaults to /boot, where the initrd is

       -d <root_device>
           Root device, defaults to the device from which the root_dir
           is mounted; overwrites the rootdev environment variable if

       -s <size>
           Add splash animation and bootscreen to initrd.

       -D _<interface>
           Run dhcp on the specified interface (for example "eth0").

       -I _<interface>
           Configure the specified interface statically.

       -a _<acpi_dsdt>
           Attach compiled ACPI DSDT (Differentiated System Description
           Table) to initrd. This replaces the DSDT of the BIOS.
           Defaults to the ACPI_DSDT variable in /etc/sysconfig/kernel.

       -M _<map>
  file to use.

           Don’t run the update-bootloader(8) script after the initrd(s)
           have been created. This is useful if you call mkinitrd(8) for
           anything else than the running system.

           Create a so called "monster initrd" which includes all
           available features and modules. This calls dracut with
           --no-hostonly and --no-hostonly-cmdline parameters
           internally, instead of the default --hostonly and

       -v, --verbose
           increase verbosity level

           Disable logging to /var/log/YaST2/mkinitrd.log. This is
           useful for testing if you don’t want to clutter the system

           print a help message and exit.

AVAILABILITY         top

       The mkinitrd command is part of the dracut package and is
       available from 

AUTHORS         top

       Harald Hoyer, Hannes Reinecke

SEE ALSO         top

       dracut(8) update-bootloader(8)

COLOPHON         top

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dracut                         05/16/2020                    MKINITRD(8)