Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 131763
MAKEDEV failing to make devs - early in boot sequence
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:48 EST
Description of problem:
When I booted a few minutes ago after updating a number of
components and modules, I saw a couple of pages of MAKEDEV failure ...
The kernel did complete the boot and seems to be running OK. (but
still comes up with eth0 inactive - this is a tale for a different bug
The switch of the root partition to read/write occurs after those
error messages. Perhaps MAKEDEV is trying to make devs on a read-only
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[user1@hoho2 ~]$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.8-1.541smp (firstname.lastname@example.org) (gcc
version 3.4.1 20040831 (Red Hat 3.4.1-10)) #1 SMP Wed Sep 1 18:15:33
[user1@hoho2 ~]$ /sbin/MAKEDEV -V
MAKEDEV version 3.11
Only tried once.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. become up2date
3. eyeball console messages during boot
Maybe this has a bearing on the problem:
Done after the reboot mentioned above.
[root@hoho2 user1]# date
Fri Sep 3 20:17:55 CDT 2004
[root@hoho2 user1]# yum update
Setting up Update Process
Setting up Repo: development
repomd.xml 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
developmen: ################################################## 3526/3526
Excluding Packages from Fedora Core 2 - Development Tree
[u] dev.i386 0:3.11-1 - user
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Cannot install the dev package: mounted devfs detected.
error: %pre(dev-3.11-1) scriptlet failed, exit status 1
error: install: %pre scriptlet failed (2), skipping dev-3.11-1
Bob, I just filed against the MAKEDEV package:
a little while ago which may be related to this problem too.
Regards, Mike Klinke
I booted again and watched the MAKEDEV action
a couple of the failures are like
MAKEDEV /dev/cpu/13 ...
MAKEDEV /dev/cpu/14 ...
MAKEDEV /dev/cpu/15 ...
MAKEDEV /dev/loop ...
MAKEDEV /dev/loop ...
I don't have that many cpus..
This occurs after the SCSI disk setup and before the switch to rw disks.
I also tried to manually 'rpm -i ...' install the dev package - even
going to run level 1 and umounting various things (USB).
Was not able to install dev.
Is there something I can try? Or just wait for a new package?
I can confirm the same errors during the boot. I do have a scsi disk for
which the module is installed from modprobe.conf. I am also having
filesystem errors which I'll file saperately.
With latest yum update (a few minutes ago), the MAKEDEV messages seem
to have changed. An example is below
MAKEDEV /dev/loop7 unable to reset file creation context
I can confirm I have seen this, but I only saw errors for /dev//stdin,
/dev//stdout, /dev//stderr and a couple of others.
Still a problem after going down to 2.6.8-1.540. When
/sbin/start-udev starts at boot time, I get many "
MAKEDEV <insert dev here> unable to reset file creation context"
Booting 2.6.7-1.517 is fine.
I solve this problem. Initrd created with udev support genetate this
messages. In /etc/udev/udev.conf change UDEV_INITRD parameter to "no"
and make new initrd.
That (comment #7) worked for me. It also helped fix a bug where k3b
did not notice that the cdrw was a writable device.
Good job Tomo. How the heck did you think to look there? I guess I
need to think more clearly.
Problems noted in comment #4 through comment #6 are better explained
in #131776, comment #1 is a duplicate of #131761, so marking this a
duplicate of #131761.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 131761 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.