SWITCH_ROOTSection: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: June 2009
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NAMEswitch_root - switch to another filesystem as the root of the mount tree.
DESCRIPTIONswitch_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.
- -h, --help
- show help and exit
- -V, --version
show version number and exit
RETURN VALUEswitch_root returns 0 on success and 1 on failure.
NOTESswitch_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 ALSOmount(8) chroot(2) init(8) mkinitrd(8)
Peter Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org> Jeremy Katz <email@example.com> Karel Zak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AVAILABILITYThe switch_root command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.
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