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Revision as of 21:35, 17 April 2009 by Poelstra (talk | contribs) (accepted for F12 on 2009-04-17)



Dracut is a replacement for nash/mkinitrd.


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Current status

  • Targeted release: 12
  • Last updated: 2009-04-03
  • Percentage of completion: 40%

Detailed Description

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

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. Still missing is netboot (also from iscsi) and proper raid support.

How To Test

Use the created initrd on any machine to boot from any root partitions.

User Experience

Switching root partitions should be more flexible.



Contingency Plan

Fallback to mkinitrd.


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  • mkinitrd/nash has been replaced by dracut, which uses standard tools and scripts to boot from the root partition.

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