Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 425832
"MAKEDEV: mkdir: File exists" if SELinux context wrong on /dev
Last modified: 2009-01-09 00:31:20 EST
Description of problem:
Booting a kernel without an initrd image reports "MAKEDEV: mkdir: File exists"
when running /sbin/start_udev for each time it is invoked.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
If /dev has the wrong SELinux context (i.e. not device_t) then anytime you run
MAKEDEV -x <devce> (say MAKEDEV -x fuse) you receive the message.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Generate a kernel that does not require an initrd image
2. Boot the new kernel
3. Observer the error messages when start_udev runs.
Error messages (which does not include the file in error!)
No error messages
The real issue here is that /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit runs:
/sbin/restorecon -R /dev
if /dev is mounted before running /sbin/start_udev, which occurs if booting with
a standard initrd image, but if no such image is loaded, /dev is mounted by
/sbin/start_udev but no /sbin/restorecon is run.
A side-effect of this problem is that a number of the files in /dev also end up
with the wrong context if no initrd is loaded.
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