Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 435319
/boot/efi on ia64 needs to be mounted with quiet option
Last modified: 2008-03-05 16:06:15 EST
Description of problem:
I am not sure if this change needs to be in anaconda or in one of the other
packages used at install time. I will be happy to provide a patch if someone
can point me in the right direction.
A recent kernel change now enforces the fact that chmod on vfat partitions fail
when it cannot properly handle changes that differ between u, g, and o since it
doesn't have that concept. In the past these just failed quietly. After this
change rpm is no longer able to install new kernels on ia64:
Error unpacking rpm package kernel-2.6.25-0.69.rc3.git1.fc9.ia64
error: unpacking of archive failed on file
/boot/efi/EFI/redhat/vmlinuz-2.6.25-0.69.rc3.git1.fc9: cpio: chmod
the fix for this is to add the umount option to /etc/fstab for /boot/efi.
FYI, the kernel change that triggered this is:
Author: Jan Engelhardt <email@example.com>
Date: Wed Feb 6 01:36:08 2008 -0800
fs/fat/: refine chmod checks
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
This is kernel brokenness. We mount filesystems with the defaults. If the
defaults are broken, they need to be fixed. Otherwise, users are in for
unbearable pain on things like upgrades.
Doug, can you take this to linux-kernel? Breaking programs like cpio that used
to work on vfat can't possibly be a good idea...
(In reply to comment #2)
> Doug, can you take this to linux-kernel? Breaking programs like cpio that used
> to work on vfat can't possibly be a good idea...
Actually yeah, I need to report this upstream. I did some additional testing on
this and even chmod commands that _should_ work fail after this patch.
More info on this:
cpio doesn't actually fail, I did some experimenting and found that even though
cpio prints out an error message it _does_ create the file and does not even
return a non-zero exit code. Evidently RPM is either seeing the error message
from cpio OR it just verifies that the mode is what it expects and if it isn't
it removes the files.
I discovered that the only modes that work on a fat filesystem are 755 and 555
and after some deliberation I realize that makes sense.
So, cpio isn't broken and it _does_ appear the kernel is doing the right thing.
I came up with a cleaner solotion of just setting vmlinuz to mode 755 in the
spec file when it is built. From the discussion on fedora-kernel-list it sounds
like they will take that in.
I will verify this once the chmod 755 change it made to the specfile and close then.
Fix committed to the kernel specfile.