Bug 1575295 - Booting to emergency mode fails
Summary: Booting to emergency mode fails
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: selinux-policy-targeted
Version: 28
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lukas Vrabec
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-05-05 19:10 UTC by Alan Jenkins
Modified: 2019-05-15 06:51 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2019-05-15 06:51:48 UTC
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Description Alan Jenkins 2018-05-05 19:10:05 UTC
Description of problem:
Not possible to boot to emergency.target

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

How reproducible: always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Reboot into GRUB menu
2. Press 'e' to edit
3. In the linux line, add "systemd.unit=emergency.target"

Actual results:
systemd is booted from the root filesystem.  It logs that the journal service is stopped (this is it noticing the death of journald from the initrd).  It logs that initrd-switch-root has finished.  Then, it just repeatedly logs the message that it is looping too fast, and it is throttling execution.

It does not start an emergency shell, prompt for the root password, or show any response to normal keypresses.

Expected results:
An emergency shell

Additional info:
This only happens when booting with selinux in enforcing mode. When booting in permissive mode, I get the expected results.

Comment 1 John Griffiths 2018-05-22 20:21:27 UTC
Same for me.

Comment 2 Ben Cotton 2019-05-02 19:57:43 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 28 is nearing its end of life.
On 2019-May-28 Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for
Fedora 28. It is Fedora's policy to close all bug reports from releases
that are no longer maintained. At that time this bug will be closed as
EOL if it remains open with a Fedora 'version' of '28'.

Package Maintainer: If you wish for this bug to remain open because you
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version prior this bug is closed as described in the policy above.

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Comment 3 Alan Jenkins 2019-05-02 21:11:05 UTC
Appears to be fixed.  At least, I was not able to reproduce it in Fedora 30.  Hooray :-).

Comment 4 Lukas Vrabec 2019-05-15 06:51:48 UTC
Thanks for update. Closing this ticket.

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