BootUtils is a collection of utilities to facilitate booting of modern Kernel 2.6 based systems. BootUtils is designed for initramfs, although volunteers to add support for initrd are welcome. The process of finding the root volume either by label or explicit label= on the kernel command line, mounting it and 'switchroot'ing is automated. BootUtils can also drop to emergency shell if the root volume cannot be mounted. Why not even start sshd and allow admin login if the box is in a remote location?
Automatic detection of root volume by label or explicit kernel commandline option
Supports ext2, ext3, jfs, reiserfs and xfs
Emergency shell dropping in the case of a root volume problem
switchroot - mounts and switches to root volume