How to properly use kexec with systemd on CentOS 7?

Matrix asked:

I want to use kexec to speed up reboots of my CentOS 7 machine. How can I do that in a way that nicely integrates with existing shutdown/reboot systemd targets? What’s the proper (official) way to do this?

My answer:


This is pretty straightforward.

First stage the kernel to be booted:

kexec -l /boot/vmlinuz-3.10.0-123.6.3.el7.x86_64 
--initrd=/boot/initramfs-3.10.0-123.6.3.el7.x86_64.img 
--command-line="root=/dev/mapper/centos-root ro rd.lvm.lv=centos/swap vconsole.font=latarcyrheb-sun16 rd.lvm.lv=centos/root crashkernel=auto  vconsole.keymap=us rhgb quiet LANG=en_US.UTF-8"

These options having been swiped out of the generated grub configuration.

Now tell systemd to do its magic.

systemctl start kexec.target

A few seconds later, you will be up in your new kernel.


I’ve recently written a distribution-agnostic script to help automate this (bug reports welcome).


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