Bug 425832 - "MAKEDEV: mkdir: File exists" if SELinux context wrong on /dev
Summary: "MAKEDEV: mkdir: File exists" if SELinux context wrong on /dev
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: MAKEDEV
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Chris Lumens
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2007-12-16 11:25 UTC by Frank Crawford
Modified: 2009-01-09 05:31 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 05:31:20 UTC

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Description Frank Crawford 2007-12-16 11:25:43 UTC
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):

How reproducible:
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.
Actual results:
Error messages (which does not include the file in error!)

Expected results:
No error messages

Additional info:
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.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 09:01:14 UTC
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Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 05:31:20 UTC
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