Bug 78980 - Non-root LVM partitions fail when added to fstab
Summary: Non-root LVM partitions fail when added to fstab
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts
Version: 8.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-12-04 10:06 UTC by lee.essen
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:32 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2002-12-04 10:06:48 UTC

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Description lee.essen 2002-12-04 10:06:41 UTC
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Description of problem:
See bug 77539 - which is closed as "notabug" which I believe is wrong.

When you take a system with no LVM partitions and add one (say /fred) and add
that to the fstab, when you reboot the system the fsck on the filesystem with
fail because the LVM initialisation didn't happen because the LVM module is not

Previous reports of this bug have been closed because "you need to include the
LVM in the initrd" ... which is fine, but it isn't intuitive and mkinitrd won't
include the module by default unless the root filesystem is on a LV (which means
each time I upgrade my kernel I will break my machine again!)

There are several other modprobes in rc.sysinit, and additional LVM one wouldn't
hurt (if /etc/lvmtab exists etc).

Or, if this really can't be done, then this problem (and workaround) should be
clearly documented where people are going to find it when they start playing
with LVM.

It's small useability inconsistancies like this that scare people away from Linux.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Build a non-LVM system
2. Create a LV based filesystem and add it to fstab
3. Reboot

Actual Results:  fsck fails because LVM initialisation is not done.

Expected Results:  No fsck problems (and correct LVM initialisation)

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2002-12-04 17:30:55 UTC
This is tweaked in the current initscripts in rawhide; as long as an lvmtab
exists, the module will be loaded.

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