Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: May 20, 2008


initramfs-simple - tool to create highly customized initramfs archives


initramfs-simple is a small tool which helps you in creating customized initramfs archives. Unlike other tools like initramfs-tools or yaird, initramfs-simple will not try to figure out what programs, modules etc. are required to get your system to boot properly. These other tools should be fine for most systems and may be configured to handle unusual setups, too. If they work for you, you should stick with them.

However, the fact that you have to configure everything yourself is the advantage of initramfs-simple. The created initramfs archive will contain only those files you want it to contain (well, with a few exceptions, but you may disable these on command line).

If you still want to use initramfs-simple you should take a look at mksinitramfs(1), the script doing the job. Also take a look at the examples (location depends on your installation, usually they are placed in /usr/local/share/doc/initramfs-simple/examples).

If you read all the above and ask yourself what an initramfs is or why you should want to create it yourself, you don't need this tool, your distribution will provide a way to handle all that stuff for you.


See mksinitramfs(1) for usage instructions.


This is not a replacement for initramfs-tools or yaird!

These tools will try to figure out the requirements for your initramfs by themselves. initramfs-simple leaves this task completely to the user. If you don't know what to do you will most likely not be able to create a working initramfs for your system.


None known. If you encounter a bug please report it to the author.


initramfs-tools(8), mksinitramfs(1), yaird(8)


Stefan Göbel -


Copyright © 2008 Stefan Göbel

initramfs-simple is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

initramfs-simple is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with initramfs-simple. If not, see <>.