Debian Bug report logs - #493238
initramfs-tool: wrong synopsis and usage message

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Package: initramfs-tools; Maintainer for initramfs-tools is Debian kernel team <>; Source for initramfs-tools is src:initramfs-tools.

Reported by: Jens Seidel <>

Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:00:01 UTC

Severity: normal

Tags: patch

Fixed in version initramfs-tools/0.92f

Done: maximilian attems <>

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From: Jens Seidel <>
Subject: initramfs-tool: wrong synopsis and usage message
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 15:51:58 +0200
Package: initramfs-tool
Version: 0.92e
Tags: patch


I tried to create an initrd and got:

debian:~# mkinitramfs 2.6.26

Usage: /usr/sbin/mkinitramfs [OPTION]... <-o outfile> [version]

  -d confdir  Specify an alternative configuration directory.
  -k          Keep temporary directory used to make the image.
  -o outfile  Write to outfile.
  -r root     Override ROOT setting in mkinitrd.conf.

See mkinitramfs(8) for further details.

Mhm, strange ... I opened mkinitramfs(8) which advises:

mkinitramfs [-d confdir] [-k] [-o outfile] [-r root] [-v] [version]

Nevertheless it seems that "-o outfile" is *not* optional and required.
Also in the Usage line I don't know how to parse "<-o outfile>". Why do you use <>?

I suggest to change the manpage to
mkinitramfs [-d confdir] [-k] -o outfile [-r root] [-v] [version]
and the Usage line to
Usage: /usr/sbin/mkinitramfs [OPTION]... -o outfile [version]


Bug reassigned from package `initramfs-tool' to `initramfs-tools'. Request was from Martin Michlmayr <> to (Fri, 01 Aug 2008 17:57:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: maximilian attems <>
Subject: Bug#493238: fixed in initramfs-tools 0.92f
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:47:04 +0000
Source: initramfs-tools
Source-Version: 0.92f

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
initramfs-tools, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/i/initramfs-tools/initramfs-tools_0.92f.dsc
  to pool/main/i/initramfs-tools/initramfs-tools_0.92f.tar.gz
  to pool/main/i/initramfs-tools/initramfs-tools_0.92f_all.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
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and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

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Format: 1.8
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:09:11 +0200
Source: initramfs-tools
Binary: initramfs-tools
Architecture: source all
Version: 0.92f
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian kernel team <>
Changed-By: maximilian attems <>
 initramfs-tools - tools for generating an initramfs
Closes: 490875 493238 494027 494257 494433
 initramfs-tools (0.92f) unstable; urgency=medium
   [ maximilian attems ]
   * mkinitramfs: only lvm2 initramfs has busybox dep. (closes: #490875)
   * mkinitramfs: Fix usage and man outfile arg is not optional.
     (closes: #493238)
   * preinst fix vol_id path. (closes: #494433)
   * update-initramfs: run_bootloader() invoke flash-kernel and glantank-
     update-kernel in order to have latest initramfs flashed on triggered
     update. Thanks to Joey Hess <>.
   * debian/control: Newer standards version without changes.
   [ Chris Lamb ]
   * make log_begin_msg not emit trailing newline (closes: #494257)
   [ Martin Michlmayr ]
   * MODULES=dep boot fix for Orion. (closes: #494027)
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