Bug 1382873 - F25 workstation ostree boot fails, fstab incorrectly mounts home LV to /home instead of /var/home
Summary: F25 workstation ostree boot fails, fstab incorrectly mounts home LV to /home ...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 25
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 1290888 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-10-08 00:15 UTC by Chris Murphy
Modified: 2017-12-12 11:05 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 11:05:25 UTC
Type: Bug

Attachments (Terms of Use)
virsh console (64.00 KB, text/plain)
2016-10-08 00:19 UTC, Chris Murphy
no flags Details
journal, systemd debug (656.65 KB, text/plain)
2016-10-08 00:39 UTC, Chris Murphy
no flags Details

Description Chris Murphy 2016-10-08 00:15:19 UTC
Description of problem:

After reboot from successfull installation I get dropped to emergency.target but I have no shell. There's a mess "Cannot open access to console, the root account is locked"

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


How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Default automatic partitioning qemu/kvm. Reboot.

Actual results:

You are in emergency mode...[...snip...]

Cannot open access to console, the root account is locked.

Press Enter to continue.

And pressing Enter gets me plymouth graphical boot screen, ESC get me text that says the above with an additional line:

Warning: default.garget changed on disk. Run 'systemd daemon-reload' to reload units.

Expected results:

Should boot normally.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Chris Murphy 2016-10-08 00:19:35 UTC
Created attachment 1208281 [details]
virsh console

Added parameters: systemd.log_level=debug systemd.log_target=console console=ttyS0,38400

Captured with virsh console.

Comment 2 Chris Murphy 2016-10-08 00:39:36 UTC
Created attachment 1208282 [details]
journal, systemd debug

Bad virsh console capture, replacing original attachment.

Comment 3 Chris Murphy 2016-10-08 01:04:36 UTC
lines 2149-2184 in attachement seem to show ostree-prepare-root-service works, although there are some confusing messages in there.

But then

home.mount: Mount on symlink /home not allowed.
home.mount: Failed to run 'mount' task: Too many levels of symbolic links
home.mount: Changed dead -> failed
home.mount: Job home.mount/start finished, result=failed
[FAILED] Failed to mount /home.

The /etc/fstab contains:

/dev/mapper/fedora-home /home   ext4 defaults 1 2

Isn't it supposed to get mounted at /var/home first, and then ostree bind mounts that to /home? OK so comment that out. And now I don't get an emergency mode boot, it boots pretty much all the way then abruptly reboots and I'm back at GRUB...

Sounds to me like assembly problems.

Comment 4 Chris Murphy 2016-10-08 01:11:19 UTC
Yeah so it looks like /dev/mapper/fedora-home is being mounted *after* ostree has setup the virtual root we see (rather than the one on the drive).

lrwxrwxrwx.   1 root root     8 Oct  7 16:09 home -> var/home

And that means stepping on a symlink which isn't allowed. So this is an ostree+anaconda bug, the fstab should be mounting /dev/mapper/fedora-home to /var/home.

Comment 5 Chris Murphy 2016-10-08 01:16:07 UTC
Yep, making that change and now the system boots, and I get to gdm/login screen.

Comment 7 Colin Walters 2017-07-05 13:47:51 UTC
I was thinking about this more, and one thing that would help this a lot is to teach systemd-fstab-generator to follow symlinks when generating the mount units.

Given that symlinks in /etc/fstab worked in RHEL7 (and older), this seems like it would be very much in line with increasing compatibility, while keeping mount units clean.

Comment 8 Colin Walters 2017-07-05 19:46:19 UTC

Comment 9 Colin Walters 2017-07-25 19:41:25 UTC
*** Bug 1290888 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 10 Colin Walters 2017-07-25 19:45:31 UTC
The systemd change is in rawhide.  Related Anaconda changeset: https://github.com/rhinstaller/anaconda/pull/1124

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Comment 12 Dusty Mabe 2017-11-16 21:05:07 UTC
This should be fixed now in f27

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