Bug 188099 - can't mount iscsi ext3 fs by label.
can't mount iscsi ext3 fs by label.
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: util-linux (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Karel Zak
Ben Levenson
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Blocks: 176344
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Reported: 2006-04-05 20:52 EDT by JB Segal
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: RHSA-2007-0235
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Last Closed: 2007-05-01 13:18:24 EDT
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Description JB Segal 2006-04-05 20:52:43 EDT
Description of problem:
Using e2label to label an ext3fs on an iscsi LUN and then trying to mount by
that lable fails.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
(I have no idea if this is actually an e2fs problem or an isci-initiator-utils
issue, or something else entirely.)
(System as a whole just updated to RHEL4u3 a few hours ago.)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. #e2label /dev/sdb iscsi-jfk0

2.# e2label /dev/sdb

3.# mount -L iscsi-jfk0
Actual results:
mount: no such partition found

(or, from an fstab entry of 
LABEL=iscsi-jfk0        /netapp/iscsi/jfk0              ext3    defaults,_netdev
        1 2
'mount -a' gives
[root@jfk /]# mount -a
mount: special device LABEL=iscsi-jfk0 does not exist

Expected results:
A mounted filesystem

Additional info:
Comment 1 Thomas Woerner 2006-04-06 05:53:38 EDT
Is '/sbin/findfs LABEL=iscsi-jfk0' working for you?
Comment 2 JB Segal 2006-04-06 11:10:16 EDT
Seems so, yes:
# /sbin/findfs LABEL=iscsi-jfk0

(I'll have to switch testing to a different box for anything involving
mounts/unmounts, as this is a production box that's hard to limit access to... 
So let's try the same things on my test box right now:
[root@comfort ~]# e2label /dev/sdc1 test1
[root@comfort ~]# e2label /dev/sdc1
[root@comfort ~]# /sbin/findfs LABEL=test1
[root@comfort ~]# mount -L test1 /netapp/iscsi/jfktest/1
[root@comfort ~]# mount
 . . .
/dev/sdc1 on /netapp/iscsi/jfktest/1 type ext3 (rw)

 { Oh My! I have a theory here... I'll expand at the end of this comment }

[root@comfort ~]# umount /netapp/iscsi/jfktest/1
 { I go and edit fstab ... }
[root@comfort ~]# grep jfktest /etc/fstab
LABEL=test1     /netapp/iscsi/jfktest/1         ext3    defaults,_netdev       1 2
[root@comfort ~]# mount -av
 . . .
/dev/sdc1 on /netapp/iscsi/jfktest/1 type ext3 (rw,_netdev)

So, my theory is that the important difference is:
/dev/sdc1 (a labeled sub-partition of the iSCSI LUN/'device') works.
/dev/sdb (A filesystem created using the whole LUN/'device' - which mkfs
confirmed I meant to do, and I did.) does NOT work.

Does that make any sense? If it's the case, I still think it's a bug that needs
to be fixed - or at the very least documented, but at least it's something I can
work around (on future systems) until it's fixed.
Comment 3 JB Segal 2006-04-06 11:28:44 EDT
Yeah, I think the device vs partition thing is the right direction:

[root@comfort jfk0]# e2label /dev/sdb test_label
[root@comfort jfk0]# cd ..
[root@comfort iscsi]# umount /netapp/iscsi/jfk0/
[root@comfort iscsi]# mount -L test_label !$
mount -L test_label /netapp/iscsi/jfk0/
mount: no such partition found
[root@comfort iscsi]# findfs LABEL=test_label
Comment 4 Thomas Woerner 2006-04-10 05:36:25 EDT
This is no e2fsprogs problem, then.

Assigning to util-linux which provides /bin/mount.
Comment 5 JB Segal 2006-06-20 14:52:08 EDT
This is actually a reasonably high-priority issue, as device id is not
guaranteed for iSCSI LUNs and so, should my system reboot, I have no guarantee
it will come back up correctly without manual intervention and perhaps
significant downtime.
Comment 6 Karel Zak 2006-06-21 04:49:15 EDT
Hmm.. the mount command in RHEL4 checks partitions only (/dev/name[0-9]*). It
seems like a bug. Thanks for your report.
Comment 7 JB Segal 2006-06-21 12:16:39 EDT
Oh, I know it's a bug. :)
I was just hoping to get the priority raised - and thus the time-to-resolution
hopefully lowered. Of course, I can do that myself, and if someone lowers it
again, I'll complain. It's all good.
Comment 8 RHEL Product and Program Management 2006-08-18 12:18:17 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Comment 11 Bryn M. Reeves 2007-01-19 14:49:41 EST
Regarding the suggestions in comment #3 that this should be documented - there
is already a reference to this type of problem in the RHEL4 release notes:

"Red Hat requires that all block devices be initialized with a valid partition
table, even if there is a single partition encompassing the entire device. This
requirement exists to prevent potential problems caused by erroneous or
unintended partition tables on the device."


The easy work around for this until mount supports labels for whole disks is to
use just such a partition table - I use these on iSCSI test boxes here for GFS &
cluster testing and it works fine.
Comment 16 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-05-01 13:18:24 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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