[Mageia-dev] Please test dracut (mkinitrd replacement)

Shlomi Fish shlomif at shlomifish.org
Fri Oct 21 13:23:42 CEST 2011

On Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:29:46 +0100
Colin Guthrie <mageia at colin.guthr.ie> wrote:

> Hi,
> Due to upcoming changes to systemd and friends we'll likely need to use
> dracut rather than mkinitrd for some setups (i.e. those with LVM volumes
> defined in /etc/fstab)
> It would be good if people here could test as we will likely make it the
> default at some point in the not too distant future.
> To test:
> sudo -i (or su -)
> urpmi dracut
> cd /boot
> mv initrd-3.1.0-desktop-0.rc10.1.mga2.img initrd-old.img
> /sbin/installkernel -N 3.1.0-desktop-0.rc10.1.mga2

This process works fine here on my Core i3 desktop machine with an Intel HD
Graphics card. After I successfully boot, I can start KDE, start VLC and
mplayer, as well as play Extreme Tux Racer (a 3-D game). The sound works.


	Shlomi Fish

> This should install dracut, move the existing initrd out of the way, and
> regenerate a new one using dracut. If you are using a different kernel
> version then adjust the two commands accordingly to pick the right version.
> Then just reboot. Hopefully all will go well and you won't notice much
> difference :)
> If it fails you should still be able to use the previous initrd by
> editing the grub command line and specifying the initrd-old.img file
> manually.
> Cheers
> Col

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