[arch-general] [arch-dev-public] Mkinitcpio replacement with Dracut

Doug Newgard scimmia at archlinux.org
Tue May 21 16:41:24 UTC 2019

On Tue, 21 May 2019 12:24:09 -0400
Genes Lists via arch-general <arch-general at archlinux.org> wrote:

> 1) Feedback:
> Tested one computer and it worked fine.
> Used refind to boot - it has encrytped /home but not root.
> Got text prompt for passphrase not graphical - think there is a way to
> get graphical as well but need to read further how to do that. I prefer
> text as I also can see the boot progress details which is helpful.
> Still, be good to know how to get the graphical prompt anyway.
> Created initrd using
> # dracut --kver xxx
> This seems to contain pretty much everything best I can tell
> 2) Question:
>    Arch typically has used unversioned initrd images which has the
>    convenience that the boot standzas don't need updating on new kernel.
> Which is preferable way to deal with this with dracut:
> 1) Unversioned:
>    # dracut initramfs-linux.img --kver 5.1.3-arch1-1-ARCH
> 2) Keep version but link to unnamed:
>    # dracut --kver 5.1.3-arch1-1-ARCH
>    # ln /boot/initramfs-5.1.3-arch-1-ARCH.img initramfs-linux.img
> or perhps soft link (ln -s)?
> thanks.

Since ln won't work on vfat, that's not really an option for a lot of people.

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