After upgrading the Mageia to openSuse 12.2 I did a 'zypper up'. I really love the suse admin suite, zypper/yast and the repository management/prioritization tools. They really are superior to all the other distros!
But the 'zypper up' resulted in a number of runs of 'mkinitrd'. Obviously one of the kernel upgrade, but also for things related to the kernel and boot such as 'plymouth'. It was time consuming on the dinky, underpowered scratch machine.
Worse, the initrd files are enormous! Up around 15M. Is there any way to bring them down?
Mageia used 'drakut'. I see that there has been presentations on it at the suse conferences and while its still under-documented it seems well integrated and the config files are very understandable. Mkinitrd seems lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of scripts and little in the way of the include/exclude config lists that drakut has.
So how can I get the initrd size down?