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SWITCH_ROOT

Section: System Administration (8)

Updated: June 2009

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NAME

switch_root - switch to another filesystem as the root of the mount tree

SYNOPSIS

switch_root [-hV]

switch_root newroot init [arg...]

DESCRIPTION

switch_root moves already mounted /proc, /dev and /sys to newroot and makes newroot the new root filesystem and starts init process.

WARNING: switch_root removes recursively all files and directories on the current root filesystem.

OPTIONS

-h, --help
Display help text and exit.:
-V, --version
Display version information and exit.:

RETURN VALUE

switch_root returns 0 on success and 1 on failure.

NOTES

switch_root will fail to function if newroot is not the root of a mount. If you want to switch root into a directory that does not meet this requirement then you can first use a bind-mounting trick to turn any directory into a mount point:

mount --bind $DIR $DIR

SEE ALSO

mount?(8), chroot?(2), init?(8), mkinitrd?(8)

AUTHORS

Peter Jones <[email protected]> Jeremy Katz <[email protected]> Karel Zak <[email protected]>

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AVAILABILITY

The switch_root command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.


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NAME

SYNOPSIS

DESCRIPTION

OPTIONS

RETURN VALUE

NOTES

SEE ALSO

AUTHORS

AVAILABILITY