Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 359441
booting 188.8.131.52-10 hangs with error message about relatime not being a supported option for ext3
Last modified: 2008-06-16 22:46:09 EDT
Description of problem:
Boot halts after issuing a message about relatime not being a valid option for
ext3 file systems
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Every time i boot the 2.6.23 kernel on my laptop
Steps to Reproduce:
I had defaults,relatime as options for / in /etc/fstab when i upgraded to 2.6.23
using yum. I have rebooted using 2.6.22 and removed the relatime option, but
booting 2.6.23 still gives the same error message.
You may need to rebuild the initrd after removing the option.
The problem seems to be in the initrd. The file init contains
mkrootdev -t ext3 -o defaults,relatime,ro sda5
Instead of rebuilding initrd I removed the relatime option in fstab, and then
uninstalled/reinstalled the 2.6.23 kernel. This fixed the initrd, and I am now
happily running 2.6.23.
But I guess this problem will bite more laptop users, as the new powertop
utility will ensure more of us discover the noatime/relatime options for / in
order to improve battery life. This situation needs to be handled automagically.
The kernel understands the relatime option just fine, it is nash and/or mount
that don't understand it. In Fedora 8 relatime is the default anyway, but not in
Would it be a good idea to have the kernel package strip off relatime and
possibly other mount options when building the initrd until the other issues
have been resolved?
Once it remounts using info from /etc/fstab everything should be ok anyway. Not
having relatime for that short period during boot shouldn't be a problem...
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