Bug 475878 - plymouth-set-default-plugin returns ".so"
plymouth-set-default-plugin returns ".so"
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: plymouth (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
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Reported: 2008-12-10 16:38 EST by Ralf Corsepius
Modified: 2009-12-18 02:15 EST (History)
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Description Ralf Corsepius 2008-12-10 16:38:01 EST
Description of problem:

When trying the instructions given in
I encountered the following:

# mkinitrd -f /boot/initrd-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
The default plymouth plugin (.so) doesn't exist

The origin of this warning seems to have been a missing 
/usr/[lib|lib64]/default.so, a case, plymouth-set-default-plugin doesn't seem to handle correctly.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
# rpm -qa 'plymouth*'

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rm /usr/[lib|lib64]/default.so
2. plymouth-set-default-plugin
Actual results:
# plymouth-set-default-plugin

This result is bogus.

Expected results:
No idea.

Additional info:
* I had not deliberatly/knowlingly removed default.so, when running the mkinitrd command above. For some reasons unknown to me, it was 
"simply missing" (Wild guess: %post/%pre scriptlet bugs).
* According to the mkinitrd devs, the result plymouth-set-default-plugin returned above, is likely dangerous and could have resulted in an unbootable kernel image (I haven tried to validate this claim)
Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-12-10 16:49:43 EST
Nah, there's no danger. just a harmless warning.

Should be fixed in rawhide.  I guess I could do a F-10 update.
Comment 2 Jan ONDREJ 2008-12-11 03:51:07 EST
May be it's better to automatically choose "text.so" plugin, if no parameter is set for plymouth-set-default-plugin.

And on my system upgraded using yum there is no /usr/lib/plymouth/default.so .
Can you add this to postinstall script?

if [ ! -e /usr/lib/plymouth/default.so ]; then
  plymouth-set-default-plugin text

This sets text plugin, if no other plugin already set. It's useful on update.
When updating, I can watch to upgrade process and after installation of plymouth I can do this manually, but I have to do this before kernel is updated, otherwise there will be an unnecessary "The default plymouth plugin (.so) doesn't exist" message and plymouth is not started in my initrd image.
Comment 3 Ralf Corsepius 2008-12-11 04:46:04 EST
(In reply to comment #2)
> And on my system upgraded using yum there is no /usr/lib/plymouth/default.so .
Ah! This might explain my issue, too. 

The machines, exposing the issue, also had been yum-upgraded from FC9 to FC10.
Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2008-12-11 16:13:06 EST
plymouth-0.6.0-1.fc10 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 10.
Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2008-12-13 10:06:36 EST
plymouth-0.6.0-1.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 testing repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
 If you want to test the update, you can install it with 
 su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update plymouth'.  You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F10/FEDORA-2008-11250
Comment 6 Jan ONDREJ 2008-12-14 02:46:46 EST
With plymouth 0.6.0 there is still an message when upgrading kernel:

  Installing     : kernel-PAE                                    [199/471]
resolveDevice: device spec expected
No default plymouth plugin is set

Please, add this to postinstall script of plymouth:

if [ ! -e /usr/lib/plymouth/default.so ]; then
  plymouth-set-default-plugin text


[ -e /usr/lib/plymouth/default.so ] || plymouth-set-default-plugin text
Comment 7 John Florian 2009-04-14 15:23:01 EDT
I agree with Jan in comment #6 -- the error is thrown when mkinitrd is ran.  I don't know if it adversely affects the resultant initrd or not.  Mine didn't work, but for other, unrelated issues I'm sure.
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