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Name

kernel-install — Add and remove kernel and initramfs images to and from /boot

Synopsis

kernel-install COMMAND KERNEL-VERSION [KERNEL-IMAGE]

Description

kernel-install is used to install and remove kernel and initramfs images to and from /boot.

kernel-install will execute the files located in the directory /usr/lib/kernel/install.d/ and the local administration directory /etc/kernel/install.d/. All files are collectively sorted and executed in lexical order, regardless of the directory in which they live. However, files with identical filenames replace each other. Files in /etc/kernel/install.d/ take precedence over files with the same name in /usr/lib/kernel/install.d/. This can be used to override a system-supplied executables with a local file if needed; a symbolic link in /etc/kernel/install.d/ with the same name as an executable in /usr/lib/kernel/install.d/, pointing to /dev/null, disables the executable entirely. Executables must have the extension ".install"; other extensions are ignored.

Commands

The following commands are understood:

add KERNEL-VERSION KERNEL-IMAGE

kernel-install creates the directory /boot/MACHINE-ID/KERNEL-VERSION/ and calls every executable /usr/lib/kernel/install.d/*.install and /etc/kernel/install.d/*.install with the arguments

add KERNEL-VERSION /boot/MACHINE-ID/KERNEL-VERSION/

The kernel-install plugin 50-depmod.install runs depmod for the KERNEL-VERSION.

The kernel-install plugin 90-loaderentry.install copies KERNEL-IMAGE to /boot/MACHINE-ID/KERNEL-VERSION/linux. It also creates a boot loader entry according to the boot loader specification in /boot/loader/entries/MACHINE-ID-KERNEL-VERSION.conf. The title of the entry is the PRETTY_NAME parameter specified in /etc/os-release, or "Linux KERNEL-VERSION", if unset. If the file initrd is found next to the linux file, the initrd will be added to the configuration.

remove KERNEL-VERSION

Calls every executable /usr/lib/kernel/install.d/*.install and /etc/kernel/install.d/*.install with the arguments

remove KERNEL-VERSION /boot/MACHINE-ID/KERNEL-VERSION/

kernel-install removes the entire directory /boot/MACHINE-ID/KERNEL-VERSION/ afterwards.

The kernel-install plugin 90-loaderentry.install removes the file /boot/loader/entries/MACHINE-ID-KERNEL-VERSION.conf.

Exit status

If every executable returns with 0, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.

Files

/usr/lib/kernel/install.d/*.install /etc/kernel/install.d/*.install

Drop-in files which are executed by kernel-install.

/etc/kernel/cmdline /proc/cmdline

The content of the file /etc/kernel/cmdline specifies the kernel command line to use. If that file does not exist, /proc/cmdline is used.

/etc/machine-id

The content of the file specifies the machine identification MACHINE-ID.

/etc/os-release

The content of the file specifies the operating system title PRETTY_NAME.

See Also

machine-id(5), os-release(5), Boot loader specification