initrd is a method for loading a temporary file system into memory, during the process of booting the Linux kernel.

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Getting keyboard to work in debian 6.0 in order to unlock root partition

I just installed Debian 6.0, encrypted / and now I'm trying to boot. When GRUB comes up, I select Debian, it loads the initrd and asks for the root password, however I can't enter anything, because ...
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Booting grub-2.00 with 2 initrds, crashes with RAMDISK: incomplete write

So, I'm trying to split my initrd into two initrd's. There's some pretty significant scripts that run in the initrd, and we wanted to split the initrd so we could rev the just the logic or just the ...
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not all initrd.img's are born equal?

I am trying to get a Red Hat 5.8 box booting via pxe. The box is a virtual machine on ESX5.0 it has a Paravirtual SCSI Controller and VMXNET3 network driver. Now these drivers do not come default in ...
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building my own initrd, how to populate dev directory

I am trying to learn stuff about initrd. I have followed this tutorial to build my own initrd from scratch, and I installed busybox on it. Then I made an .iso from it with isolinux, so I could test it ...
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Does /init (or /linuxrc) script creates temporary device nodes in /dev?

Considering that GRUB executes following lines: kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro initrd /initrd On boot, how does the Linux kernel finds out about /dev/sda1 device node? I know that ...
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Adding commands to initrd image [closed]

Whenever I enter into initrd prompt, I know that not every command is executed in that prompt. Can somebody tell me how I can add more commands support in that initrd prompt. It would be nice if you ...
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Configure vmware-tools without an initrd image?

Is it possible to run vmware-tools without an initrd? I don't know why I should use an initrd and it makes my kernel compilation more complicated. I can boot into my kernel without initrd but when I ...
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Linux Ubuntu / Mint Live CD user-home customization

I'm trying to customize Linux Mint Live CD with these instruction (uck doesn't work for me). What I want is to have more icons at its Live CD user (/home/mint/Desktop) but I can't find /home/mint on ...
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vmlinuz and initrd not found after building the kernel?

After configuring and building the kernel using make, why don't I have vmlinuz-<version>-default.img and initrd-<version>.img, but only got a huge vmlinux binary (~150MB)?
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Create Logical Volume Snapshot at boot and before mount

I'm using Kubuntu 11.10 and before I upgrade to 12.04, I want to make snapshots of my filesystems. Coming to think of that, I realized that it can be very useful to create snapshots of logical volumes ...
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Adding files to initrd makes linux not be able to read it

I'm using clonezilla-1.2.12 and need to add the Broadcom firmware to the initrd so it can netboot. (clonezilla is debian-based and debian no longer includes the firmware blobs as they're non-free. ...
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How to create initrd.img from initrd.lz

I need to create initrd.img file from initrd.lz file. How may I do this?
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When would an initrd be necessary?

I've read that I can boot the kernel without initrd, and I've also read that additional modules are loaded during the initrd stage -- as I understand it, for necessary drivers that weren't included in ...
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Why is my initial ramdisk so big?

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10, which came with kernel version 3.0.0-14. I downloaded and built a kernel from the 3.1.0 branch. After installing the new kernel, I see that my /boot/initrd.img-3.1.0 file is ...
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Script that unpacks a initrd, allows editing of the preseed.cfg and the packs it to cpio and gzip again

I want to program a script that allows what is said in the title. So basically I gunzip the initrd, than unpack the cpio, open vi to allow editing, save, pack with cpio, and gzip again, so nothing ...
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How to log the output of a daemon application?

I have a Java program running as a daemon (thanks to YAJSW, a wrapper for java). The thing is that this java application writes several lines of console text, (simply imagine a Hello World App). If I ...
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Avoid pause during dm-raid initialization

On my CentOS 5 workstation I get a few seconds wait after dm-raid45 has been loaded ("Initializing Driver" or something like that). This seems to be part of the initrd. After that the system boots ...
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How do i run a process in a specific directory?

In an init.d file i wrote the below. Now i need to make the bin run in a specific directory. How do i tell it which directory to use? mono --debug /path/bin &
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Booting without initrd

Is it possible to boot linux without a initrd.img ? I am planning to add default drivers as a part-of-kernel itself and avoid initrd completely. What are the modules that should be made ...
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Creating new initrd without installing kernel

How can i create initrd image for a new(experimental) kernel without actually installing it. (Existing tools to create initrd based on config and details from installed kernel.) Say i compile a new ...
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What does mkinitrd change when it adds kernel modules to the initrd?

When creating an initrd using mkinitrd (CentOS 5.5), the kernel modules it adds to the initrd get modified in the process. For example, the initrd's /lib/sata_via.ko is not binary identical to ...
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Will a “customized” initrd survive a kernel update via yum?

I have a CentOS 5.5 installation with the stock CentOS 5.5 kernel. I have modified the init script in the initrd, commenting out some unneeded modules, lowering the interval time of the "stabilized" ...
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Is Ramdisk and initrd the same?

While reading through the kernel documentation on ramdisk in ramfs-rootfs-initramfs.txt i was having a doubt like the ramdisk explained there is same as the initrd features described in the post at ...
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Add Apache to Ubuntu's startup

I'm currently learning the Linux environment, and decided to manually install the Apache server. For educational purposes, I've compiled it into: /server/apache The http.conf location is configured ...
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Is it possible to put root in LVM without using initrd?

I have just set up a Gentoo base system (which means I can boot and log in and do stuff with it now). My root partition is in an LVM2 virtual group (with a separated /boot partition). In order to boot ...
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initramfs image compression other than gzip

can the initramfs image be compressed by a method other than gzip, such as lzma?