I want to boot my Raspberry Pi 2 with a custom configuration. Therefore I have a kernel image and an initramfs file. The /boot directory looks like this:


I would like to use the minimum of files in /boot. I copy:


from https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware. After that I create the file


with the arguments for the kernel. Finally I create


with the following content:

initramfs my_initrd.img followkernel

My questions:

  • Is this enough to boot the Raspberry Pi 2 or do I need something else?
  • Can I remove fixup.dat?
  • Has this worked? Nov 5, 2017 at 14:30

1 Answer 1


I don't know about fixup.dat but — provided you derived your kernel configuration from the Pi2's — replace the kernel and initrd and Bob's your uncle. FYI I did that with an Orange Pi, not exactly a Raspberry Pi but it's close. My kernel was compiled on a Gentoo environment and fetched from Sunxi 3.4. It did work.

  • Ok, I'll give it a try, the second SD card has just arrived.
    – fhmgufs
    Dec 23, 2015 at 12:56

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