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Reboot faster with kexec

Thursday Nov 7th 2019 by Steve Sistare

The kexec command loads a new kernel and jumps directly to it, bypassing firmware and grub.

The kexec command loads a new kernel and jumps directly to it, bypassing firmware and grub. It is most often used as the first step in generating a crash dump, but it can also be used to perform an administrative reboot. The time saved by skipping firmware is substantial on a server with large memory, many CPUS, and many devices. This is particularly useful during kernel development when you frequently rebuild and reboot the kernel.

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