Bug 1280452 - boot output hangs at Journal Service
boot output hangs at Journal Service
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: systemd-maint
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 1282138 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2015-11-11 13:53 EST by Andreas M. Kirchwitz
Modified: 2016-12-20 10:41 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-12-20 10:41:31 EST
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/var/log/boot.log (no interaction, output hangs) (2.99 KB, application/octet-stream)
2015-11-11 13:53 EST, Andreas M. Kirchwitz
no flags Details
/var/log/boot.log (ESC pressed, full output) (15.32 KB, application/octet-stream)
2015-11-11 13:54 EST, Andreas M. Kirchwitz
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Description Andreas M. Kirchwitz 2015-11-11 13:53:04 EST
Created attachment 1092826 [details]
/var/log/boot.log (no interaction, output hangs)

Description of problem:

With Fedora 23 Workstation (64 bit), boot logging (both, console output and /var/log/boot.log) hangs at Journal Service. This comes quite early during the startup process, so most boot logging gets lost.

Fedora continues to boot (disk activity) and eventually presents the login prompt, but no further messages appear on screen or in /var/log/boot.log

It happens with and without "rhgb" kernel option, but without "rhgb" the problem is more obvious because most people won't check /var/log/boot.log

As soon as ESC is pressed on keyboard (to toggle between the text output and the boot logo) then magically boot messages continue to work again (both, console output and /var/log/boot.log). However, any messages in between are lost (there seems to be no buffering).

If ESC is pressed extremely early in the startup process (just milliseconds after GRUB), chances are that it won't help and the output still hangs. However, if you manage to press ESC not too soon but right before Journal Service is reached (maybe 1-2 seconds after GRUB), then the boot log will be almost complete.

Same problem on 3 different installations (fresh install, not an upgrade from). All patches as of today have been installed.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Always (at every boot of Fedora 23 Workstation).

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot Fedora 23 Workstation. (best with "rhgb" kernel option disabled)
2. Watch screen output. (or check /var/log/boot.log after boot)
3. Output hangs after Switch Root, that's when Journal Service usually starts.

Actual results:

Excerpt of console output...

[^[[32m  OK  ^[[0m] Reached target Switch Root.
[^[[32m  OK  ^[[0m] Started Plymouth switch root service.
         Starting Switch Root...
(no more output, but machine continues to boot)

Expected results:

This is how boot logging should look like ...

[^[[32m  OK  ^[[0m] Reached target Switch Root.
[^[[32m  OK  ^[[0m] Started Plymouth switch root service.
         Starting Switch Root...
[^[[32m  OK  ^[[0m] Stopped Journal Service.
         Starting Journal Service...
(output continues for all services until login prompt)

Additional info:

See attachments,
(a) output hangs (no interaction during boot),
(b) full ouput (ESC pressed just before Journal Service kicks in).
Comment 1 Andreas M. Kirchwitz 2015-11-11 13:54 EST
Created attachment 1092827 [details]
/var/log/boot.log (ESC pressed, full output)
Comment 2 Ronald Wahl 2015-12-06 16:48:26 EST
*** Bug 1282138 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Fedora End Of Life 2016-11-24 08:19:00 EST
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Comment 4 Andreas M. Kirchwitz 2016-11-24 08:27:24 EST
This bug also is in Fedora 24 and brand-new Fedora 25.
As nobody processed the bug report, the problem is still there. :-)

There's still no full log of the boot process available. Makes it hard to recognize and solve problems.
Comment 5 Fedora End Of Life 2016-12-20 10:41:31 EST
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