Description of problem:
After 20040820 update I got a number of weird errors on
startup culminating in X totally locking up machine with
a blank screen. A closer investigation revealed that most
of my /dev/ is gone. This is what I see:
# rpm -V dev | grep missing | wc -l
In whatever is left (not much) all block and character devices
have 600 permissions and this includes things like /dev/null (!!!).
X locks up because nothing exists in /dev/input/ and
/dev/mouse also cannot be found. Luckily enough was left that
I can still login.
I happen to have udev installed but in /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit
there is the following code:
if [ -f /etc/sysconfig/udev ];then
if [ "$USE_UDEV" = "yes" -a "$UDEV_RAMFS" = "yes" ]; then
[ -x /sbin/start_udev ] && /sbin/start_udev
and I do not have /etc/sysconfig/udev at this moment so this
should not do anything.
What is even more weird that x86_64 updated to the same level
is not showing up any symptoms of that sort. I am somewhat
baffled but something decided to mess up my /dev quite thorougly.
A buggy %post script in some package and not initscripts at all?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
A subject was supposed to say "... something ate most of /dev/".
It seems that this gobbling is contagious.
The next strange thing. An attempt of recovery by reinstalling
'dev' package brought:
Cannot install the dev package: mounted devfs detected.
error: %pre(dev-3.8.3-1) scriptlet failed, exit status 1
error: install: %pre scriptlet failed (2), skipping dev-3.8.3-1
'devfs' was never in use on a machine in question but this gives
a clue. This is a bogus message from %pre script in dev and
responsible for that mess is a lack of synchronization between
mkinitrd and initscripts which use different criteria when to
employ 'udev' so I end up with very incomplete udev courtesy
of initrd as there is no followup.
There is a fix for the udev start confusion in initscripts-7.65-1.
*** Bug 130516 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This should be fixed in the final releases of udev-containing releases (such as
FC3/FC4); moreover, there are notes about how to update to udev with yum. Ergo,