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This package contains tools to create an initramfs for prepackaged 2.6 Linux kernel images. The initramfs is an cpio archive. At boot time, the kernel unpacks that archive into ram, mounts and uses it as initial root file system. From there on the mounting of the real root file system occurs in user space. klibc handles the boot-time networking setup. Supports nfs root system. Any boot loader with Initrd support is able to load an initramfs archive.


See Maintainer documentation for initramfs-tools for a guide how the development is ongoing.

Git repository

initramfs-tools git web interface

Git checkout (anonymous):

git clone git://

Developer access:

git clone git+ssh://<user>