Bug 359441 - booting hangs with error message about relatime not being a supported option for ext3
booting hangs with error message about relatime not being a suppo...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
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Reported: 2007-10-30 21:03 EDT by birger
Modified: 2008-06-16 22:46 EDT (History)
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Description birger 2007-10-30 21:03:53 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):

How reproducible:
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.
Actual results:

Expected results:

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Comment 1 Chuck Ebbert 2007-10-30 21:10:19 EDT
You may need to rebuild the initrd after removing the option.

See https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/KernelCommonProblems
Comment 2 birger 2007-10-30 21:43:56 EDT
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.
Comment 3 Chuck Ebbert 2007-10-31 18:25:38 EDT
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
Fedora 7.
Comment 4 birger 2007-11-01 16:15:31 EDT
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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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2008-06-16 22:46:07 EDT
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