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Yet Another mkInitRD
Yaird generates initial boot images in initramfs format.
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The boot image is an intermediate step between the boot loader (eg.
Grub, Lilo) and the init scripts on the root file system; it loads
modules and enables devices to a level where the kernel can access the
real root file system, and then hands over control to the init scripts.
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Main features:
- Strict build logic: Less risk of producing non-booting ramdisks
- Small ramdisks: Optimized for the currently running system
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Main shortcomings:
- No automatic firmware loading (some SCSI drivers needs manual work)
- Limited support for encrypted disks (enable manually in config)
- Produced ramdisks cannot boot into a different system setup!
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Yaird is good for stable systems, like servers (especially if managed
remotely) and embedded systems.
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If you need a flexible ramdisk tool, then use initramfs-tools instead.
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See http://wiki.debian.org/InitrdReplacementOptions for status and
comparison with other ramdisk tools.
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