minit(8) a UNIX process no 1




minit is a possible first process the kernel starts

to use minit as system init, first read available documentation in /usr/share/doc/minit and then add the parameter init=/sbin/minit to your kernel command line.

lilo users need to add it to the append="something" option in /etc/lilo.conf,

grub users can just append it to their "kernel image options" lines.


minit will by default do nothing except starting the minit service defined in /etc/minit/default which usually contains a file named depends specifying which services are to be started at bootup.


minit was written by Felix von Leitner and can be downloaded from his page at

This manpage was written by Erich Schubert <[email protected]> for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.