SWITCH_ROOT(8) System Administration SWITCH_ROOT(8)NAMEswitch_root - switch to another filesystem as the root of the mount
switch_root newroot init [arg...]
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.
Display help text and exit.
Display version information 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)AUTHORS
Peter Jones <email@example.com>
Jeremy Katz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Karel Zak <email@example.com>
The switch_root command is part of the util-linux package and is avail‐
able from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.
util-linux June 2009 SWITCH_ROOT(8)