Bug 480658 - mkinitrd does not build working initrd when mdadm.conf says merely "DEVICE partitions"
mkinitrd does not build working initrd when mdadm.conf says merely "DEVICE p...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
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Reported: 2009-01-19 13:02 EST by Andrew J. Schorr
Modified: 2009-12-18 02:39 EST (History)
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2009-01-19 13:02 EST, Andrew J. Schorr
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Description Andrew J. Schorr 2009-01-19 13:02:51 EST
Created attachment 329373 [details]
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Description of problem: 
If /etc/mdadm.conf says only "DEVICE partitions",
then mkinitrd fails to build an initrd that will actually boot.  The init
script includes commands like "mdadm -As --auto=yes --run /dev/md13", and
these fail with this error: "mdadm: /dev/md13 not identified in config file."

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Create root and/or swap partition using md raid devices, then
run mkinitrd and try to boot the system.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create /root and/or swap partition on an md raid device
2. Run mkinitrd
3. Try to boot the system.
Actual results:
mount: error mounting /dev/root on /sysroot as ext3: No such file or directory
And the system hangs.

Expected results:
The system should find the raid devices by scanning /proc/partitions
and boot successfully.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Andrew J. Schorr 2009-01-19 13:05:24 EST
Note: this used to work fine in FC6.  I'm trying to move from FC6 to F10,
so have not tried intervening release.  If we install /etc/mdadm.conf
containing the output of "mdadm --examine --scan --config=partitions",
then everything works OK.

Perhaps this is an mdadm issue (not initrd), but I do not understand
why mdadm.conf that contains "DEVICE partitions" doesn't work just
as well as an mdadm.conf file that is created by scanning with

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