Bug 1414157 - making /home a symbolic link breaks many things
Summary: making /home a symbolic link breaks many things
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd
Version: 25
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: systemd-maint
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2017-01-17 22:12 UTC by Tom Shield
Modified: 2017-12-12 10:52 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:52:51 UTC
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Description Tom Shield 2017-01-17 22:12:32 UTC
Description of problem:

I made /home a symbolic link to a directory under another mount point. On reboot did not have network or a hostname.

Here are the journal messages (via logwatch) of what happened across several reboots while I tried to figure out the problem. (note that I tried with both NetworkManager and systemd-networkd before I realized what the problem was, my running system is using NetworkManager and as I have nfs mounts, I use NetworkManager-wait-online.service as well)

 NetworkManager-wait-online.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.: 6 Time(s)
    NetworkManager-wait-online.service: Job NetworkManager-wait-online.service/start failed with result 'dependency'.: 1 Time(s)
    NetworkManager-wait-online.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=2/INVALIDARGUMENT: 6 Time(s)
    NetworkManager-wait-online.service: Unit entered failed state.: 6 Time(s)    
systemd-hostnamed.service: Failed at step NAMESPACE spawning /usr/lib/systemd/systemd-hostnamed: Too many levels of symbolic links: 8 Time(s)
    systemd-hostnamed.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.: 8 Time(s)
    systemd-hostnamed.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=226/NAMESPACE: 8 Time(s)
    systemd-hostnamed.service: Unit entered failed state.: 8 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd-wait-online.service: Job systemd-networkd-wait-online.service/start failed with result 'dependency'.: 4 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd.service: Failed at step NAMESPACE spawning /usr/lib/systemd/systemd-networkd: Too many levels of symbolic links: 10 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.: 10 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd.service: Failed with result 'start-limit-hit'.: 2 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=226/NAMESPACE: 10 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd.service: Service has no hold-off time, scheduling restart.: 10 Time(s)
    systemd-networkd.service: Start request repeated too quickly.: 2 Time(s)

bluetoothd also had what looks like a related problem:

bluetooth.service: Failed at step NAMESPACE spawning /usr/libexec/bluetooth/bluetoothd: Too many levels of symbolic links: 7 Time(s)

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How reproducible:

every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rmdir /home; ln -s /ssd6/home /home  (/ssd6 is /dev/sda6 on my ssd, / is /dev/sda2)
2. reboot

Actual results:

no network, no hostname, etc

Expected results:

network and hostname set

Additional info:

I now have the two directories in /home as symbolic links to directories in /ssd6/home instead with no problems.

Do I need to report this for bluetoothd separately?

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