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Mounting /usr in the initrd

August 3rd, 2011 by


I changed the openSUSE mkinitrd to mount the /usr filesystem in the initrd, if /usr is a separate partition. I hope this will calm down some heated discussions about systemd, udev, etc. It’s not 100% ready yet, some setups like root or /usr on nfs or md might not work as expected (*), but the common usecases should be covered. Try updating mkinitrd from the Base:System project and let me know if it works for you. Before testing it, you should do a backup of your initrd:

# cp /boot/initrd-`uname -r`{,.orig}

and create a section in /boot/grub/menu.lst pointing to the /boot/initrd-*.orig file.

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One Response to “Mounting /usr in the initrd”

  1. Great work. But having /usr on md is quite a common usecase nevertheless, would be great to implement that as well :) (yeah I know, patches are welcome… ;))