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Dracut is a replacement for nash/mkinitrd.


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Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 12
  • Last updated: 2009-08-19
  • Percentage of completion: 100%


  • normal disk with md/dm raid, LVM, crypto
  • NFS
  • iSCSI
  • NBD
  • FCoE


  • IPv6 (postponed to post F12)
  • multipath (postponed to post F12)

Detailed Description

Dracut is a generic, modular initramfs generation tool that can be used across various distributions.

See also: Dracut

Benefit to Fedora

Replace nash/mkinitrd with a tool, that is maintained by a cross distribution community.


All functionality of nash/mkinitrd has to be implemented and tested in dracut.

How To Test

User Experience

Switching root partitions should be more flexible.



Contingency Plan

Fallback to mkinitrd.


LWN article:

Release Notes

  • mkinitrd/nash has been replaced by dracut, which uses standard tools and scripts to boot from the root partition.

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