What is initrd and vmlinuz in Linux? The vmlinuz and initrd files are in a /boot directory. This directory is special — it is reserved for boot files, and the bootloader knows to look for this directory. It is generally a separate partition of the primary disk where the operating system is installed.
What is initrd image in Linux? LINUX supports what is known as an initrd image ( initial rAM disk image). This is a small, +1.5 megabyte file system that is loaded by LILO and mounted by the kernel instead of the real file system. The kernel mounts this file system as a RAM disk, executes the file /linuxrc, and then only mounts the real file system.
What is initrd and initramfs in Linux? In sum, ramfs is just file opened and loaded into memory, isn’t it? Both initrd and ramfs are zipped at compile time, but the difference is, initrd is a block device unpacked to be mounted by the kernel at booting, while ramfs is unpacked via cpio into memory.
Is initramfs the kernel? initramfs is a root filesystem that is embedded into the kernel and loaded at an early stage of the boot process. It is the successor of initrd. It provides early userspace which can do things the kernel can’t easily do by itself during the boot process. Using initramfs is optional.