Bug 1731557

Summary: New kernel fails to boot if /boot is not its own partition
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Göran Uddeborg <goeran>
Component: systemdAssignee: systemd-maint
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Description Göran Uddeborg 2019-07-19 18:28:20 UTC
After upgrades a machine did not want to boot, not finding the kernel or initrd. After some investigation, I figured out the newly written BLS entry in /boot/loader/entries refers to the images relative to /boot.  For example, the most recent version I installed wrote

  linux      /bc6e8f186e8afde79d2ddb0047756edd/5.1.16-300.fc30.x86_64/linux
  initrd     /bc6e8f186e8afde79d2ddb0047756edd/5.1.16-300.fc30.x86_64/initrd

On this machine, /boot is not a separate partition but a directory in the root partition. I’m aware there are efforts to make /boot sharable between distributions, and for that to work it will have to be a partition of its own. But is this a REQUIREMENT in F30? Even for machines that will only run one OS, as is the case here?

It was not necessary up to F29, but looking in /usr/lib/kernel/install.d/90-loaderentry.install I see no way to add a /boot to the beginning of the linux and initrd lines.  On the other hand, I didn't see any warnings during the installation of the new kernel.

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How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install a new kernel on a machine where /boot is just a directory in /, not a file system on its own.

Actual results:
/boot/loader/entries/*.conf does not include /boot in the path to the linux and initrd images

Expected results:
/boot/loader/entries/*.conf would include /boot in the path to the images.

Additional info:
Manually editing the conf file adding /boot to the paths is a workaround I'm using.

Comment 1 Göran Uddeborg 2019-08-13 16:51:13 UTC
After some helpful assistance in Ask Fedora (https://ask.fedoraproject.org/t/should-the-grub-menu-entries-look-all-alike), I've now realised I was running with a non-standard configuration.  I had a /boot/$MACHINE_ID directory, which causes the config files generated by 20-grub.install to be overwritten by 90-loadentry.install.  Without that directory in /boot, the version from 20-grub.install will prevail.  That version DOES include /boot in the path /boot when needed.

It is thus probably not a very common problem.  It still looks like a bug as far as I understand, though, so I'm not closing the report immediately.

Comment 2 Ian Collier 2019-08-14 15:47:57 UTC
I've just discovered this myself.  It most certainly looks like a bug.

In my case, I upgraded a machine from F26 to F30 and the new F30 kernel
would not boot.  I've just discovered that our F26 systems all have
this /boot/$MACHINE_ID directory while none of our F28 systems do,
and a new F30 install does not either.

One other thing that happens is that 90-loadentry.install copies
the "BOOT_IMAGE=" setting from the currently running kernel into
the kernel parameters for the new kernel in the bootloader entry file.
It should not do this either.