switch_root(8) — Linux manual page


SWITCH_ROOT(8)            System Administration           SWITCH_ROOT(8)

NAME         top

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

SYNOPSIS         top

       switch_root [-hV]

       switch_root newroot init [arg...]

DESCRIPTION         top

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

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

OPTIONS         top

       -h, --help
           Display help text and exit.

       -V, --version
           Display version information and exit.

EXIT STATUS         top

       switch_root returns 0 on success and 1 on failure.

NOTES         top

       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

AUTHORS         top

       Peter Jones <pjones@redhat.com>, Jeremy Katz <katzj@redhat.com>,
       Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com>

SEE ALSO         top

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

REPORTING BUGS         top

       For bug reports, use the issue tracker at

AVAILABILITY         top

       The switch_root command is part of the util-linux package which
       can be downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive
       <https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/>. This page
       is part of the util-linux (a random collection of Linux
       utilities) project. Information about the project can be found at
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util-linux 2.37.85-637cc       2021-04-02                 SWITCH_ROOT(8)

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