MKINITRAMFS(8)            (2018/07/18)             MKINITRAMFS(8)

          mkinitramfs - low-level tool for generating an initramfs

          mkinitramfs [option]...  -o outfile [version]
          mkinitramfs -h

          The mkinitramfs script generates an initramfs image.  The
          initramfs is a compressed cpio archive. The archive can be
          used on a different box of the same arch with the corre-
          sponding Linux kernel.  mkinitramfs is meant for advanced
          usage. On your local box update-initramfs calls mkinitramfs
          with the relevant parameters.  update-initramfs keeps
          sha1sum of generated initramfs. It takes care to generate
          backups and eventually runs the bootloader.

          At boot time, the kernel unpacks that archive into RAM disk,
          mounts and uses it as initial root file system. All finding
          of the root device happens in this early userspace.

          -c  compress
               Override the COMPRESS setting in initramfs.conf.

          -d  confdir
               Set an alternate configuration directory.

          -k   Keep the temporary directory used to make the image.

          -o  outfile
               Write the image to outfile.

          -r  root
               Override the ROOT setting in initramfs.conf.

          -v   Set the verbose mode output.


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               Set the kernel version of the initramfs image (defaults
               to the running kernel).

          -h, --help
               Display usage information and exit.

          mkinitramfs honours the TMPDIR environment variable. If set,
          it uses subdirectories in the given directory to create its
          temporary working directories. Else it uses /var/tmp as
          default value for that purpose. The given directory should
          be on a filesystem which allows the execution of files
          stored there, i.e.  should not be mounted with the noexec
          mount option.

          If SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH is set, mkinitramfs attempts to gener-
          ate a reproducible initramfs image.

               The default configuration file for the script. See
               initramfs.conf(5) for a description of the available
               configuration parameter.

               Specified modules will be put in the generated image
               and loaded when the system boots. The format - one per
               line - is identical to that of /etc/modules, which is
               described in modules(5).

               The conf.d directory allows one to hardcode bootargs at
               initramfs build time via config snippets. This allows
               one to set ROOT or RESUME.  This is especially useful
               for bootloaders, which do not pass an root bootarg.

               If this file exists, it will be appended to the ini-
               tramfs in a way that causes it to be loaded by ACPI.

          Create an initramfs for current running kernel:

          mkinitramfs -o ~/tmp/initramfs-$(uname -r)

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          Create an initramfs for specific kernel and keep builddirs:

          mkinitramfs -k -o ~/tmp/initramfs-2.6.21-686 2.6.21-686

          Debug initramfs creation (check out written logfile)

          sh -x mkinitramfs -o ~/tmp/initramfs-$(uname -r)

          The initramfs-tools are written by Maximilian Attems
          <>, Jeff Bailey <>
          and numerous others.

           initramfs.conf(5), initramfs-tools(7), update-initramfs(8),
          lsinitramfs(8), unmkinitramfs(8).

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