[Goswin von Brederlow] > Nothing is available before init is started, init is always the > first thing to start, even on initrd or initramfs (some archs call > init linuxrc though). You suspect you miss the point. bootchartd is a init _replacement_. We use it by passing init=/sbin/bootchartd to the kernel. It starts recording statistics about the boot, and then run init to continue the boot process.