Monthly Archives: August 2009

2009-08-27 – Fedora Test Day – Dracut

In case you missed the announcement on fedora-test-list

This week’s Fedora Test Day will focus on exercising the Fedora 12 mkinitrd/nash replacement … drumrollDracut. If you find yourself wondering, "what the heck is that?" The following snippet from the fedoraproject wiki best describes the change.

With Dracut, the initramfs has one purpose in life – getting the rootfs mounted so that we can transition to the real rootfs. This is all driven by device availability. Therefore, instead of scripts hard-coded to do various things, we depend on udev to create device nodes for us and then when we have the rootfs’s device node, we mount and carry on.

It is worth noting that dracut will impact every Fedora 12 user (and potentially users of other distros). As a result, there are several ways to get involved with testing, ranging from basic to more advanced:

  1. Download the live image and boot on your system(s)
  2. Update your existing Fedora 11 (or Fedora 12 Alpha) system(s) to use dracut, and reboot
  3. Install Fedora 12/Rawhide targeting specific root partitioning schemes (iSCSI, dmraid, RAID+lvm+luks, etc…)

I invite you to join #fedora-test-day this Thursday, August 27 2009 to help test dracut. At the very least, providing feedback on the live image will be much appreciated. Additional test feedback per the wiki
guidelines is also encouraged.

Stay tuned for more details at