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Viewing the contents of an initrd image on Linux February 9, 2011

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Linux.
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We know the important rule of the inird image-file at the boot-process of a Linux machine . If you need a refresch of the Linux boot process , read my previous article . This quick how-to demonstrate how to reveal the content of initrd .You may need to look  inside the initrd image to see if a couple of device drivers were present. Initrd images are stored as compressed cpio archives, which allows a pipeline like the following to be used to extract the contents of an image:

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1. The Linux boot process « Tournas Dimitrios - February 9, 2011

[…] ?  (mounted) . The answer is an initial ramdisk , which is a filesystem image which contains the necessary modules . The boot loader loads the  ramdisk image into memory for the kernel , from where the kernel  […]


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