Unable to Run Dracut on Newly-Installed RHEL 8 Minimal Install with ext4 Filesystem

Solution In Progress - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8


  • After installing RHEL 8 on a new server with the “Minimal Install” (@^minimal-environment) option with ext4 at the filesystem, dracut fails with the following:

    cp: setting attributes for '/var/tmp/dracut.cJd38m/initramfs/usr/bin/bash': Operation not supported        
    dracut-install: ERROR: installing '/bin/sh'
    dracut: FAILED: /usr/lib/dracut/dracut-install -D /var/tmp/dracut.cJd38m/initramfs /bin/sh
    dracut: Will not override existing initramfs (/boot/initramfs-4.18.0-80.el8.x86_64.img) without --force


  • This is being tracked in private BZ 1710536.
  • Please open a new support case. This will help us document the scope of impact and allow you to receive updates as a solution is developed.


  1. Install the selinux-policy-targeted package:

    # yum install -y selinux-policy-targeted
  2. Once the package is installed, dracut should work as expected.

NOTE: If this problem occurs during during a kickstart build or post-build of a server, include the selinux-policy-targeted package in the%packages section of the kickstart file.

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I believe the correct package is selinux-policy-targeted

After installing it, dracut worked fine, but after rebooting, some services were failing and login wasn't possible. I had to boot to rescue, edit /etc/sselinux/config and set selinux to permissive, touch /.autorelabel and reboot.

After all that, it's OK

This issue is still not resolved as of 24/01/2020. I am still unable to run dracut on RHEL 8.1 with LVM/ext4 / (I don't think that LVM matters at all though)..