NAME febootstrap-supermin-helper - Reconstruct initramfs from supermin appliance.

SYNOPSIS febootstrap-supermin-helper supermin.img hostfiles.txt host_cpu kernel initrd febootstrap-supermin-helper input [...] host_cpu kernel initrd

DESCRIPTION febootstrap-supermin-helper reconstructs a bootable kernel and initramfs from a supermin appliance. First you should be familiar with febootstrap(8), febootstrap-to-initramfs(8) and febootstrap-to-supermin(8).

PARAMETERS Of the four or five required parameters, the first few are input files, and the last two are output files.

"supermin.img" and "hostfiles.txt" are the input files which describe the supermin appliance. (You can also use a directory name here which is searched for files).

"host_cpu" should be the host CPU, eg. "x86_64" or "i686".

"kernel" and "initrd" are the temporary output files that this script produces. These output files are meant to be used just for booting the appliance, and should be deleted straight afterwards.

OPTIONS -k file | --kmods file If this option is specified, then "file" should be a list of wildcards matching kernel module names, eg:

virtio*.ko scsi*.ko piix.ko

In this case, only kernel modules matching those wildcards will be included in the output appliance. Note: You must resolve any dependencies yourself as this does not pull in dependent modules automatically.

If this option is not specified, then every kernel module from the host will be included. This is safer, but can produce rather large appliances which need a lot more memory to boot.

SPEED In libguestfs, on a mid-range Intel-based PC, we reconstruct the initramfs using this script in around 1/5th of a second (assuming a "hot cache" - its rather slower when run the first time on a cold cache).

Some tips to improve performance:

· Use a kernel module whitelist (the "--kmods" option), and only list the kernel modules you really need.

· Minimize the appliance, removing as much extraneous junk as possible.

As well as using febootstrap-minimize(8) it is worth checking for anything that is not necessary for your particular application and removing it by hand.

SEE ALSO febootstrap(8), febootstrap-to-initramfs(8), febootstrap-to-supermin(8).

AUTHORS Richard W.M. Jones <rjones @ redhat . com>

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febootstrap-2.7 2010-05-13 FEBOOTSTRAP-SUPERMIN-HELPER(8)