Bug 83606 - /etc/fstab format doesn't work with latest kernels
Summary: /etc/fstab format doesn't work with latest kernels
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Erik Troan
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-02-06 08:02 UTC by Frank Davis
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:50 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-02-10 21:50:42 UTC

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Description Frank Davis 2003-02-06 08:02:28 UTC
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Description of problem:
I'm in the process of building and testing 2.5.x kernels. as well as the latest
2.4.x kernels. It seems that RH 8.0's /etc/fstab isn't what the latest kernels
are looking for...

LABEL=/     /     ext3    defaults 1 2

doesn't work

/dev/hda3    /     ext3    defaults 1 2


I'm not sure if RH should change, or there's something in the kernel that should
be modified.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Build latest 2.4.x or 2.5.x kernel
2. Boot kernel and notice results

Actual Results:  The system won't mount the filesystems as stated in the
/etc/fstab file.

Expected Results:  The systems should boot.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-02-06 16:08:17 UTC
Your initrd is probably not correct.

mkinitrd doesn't really support 2.5 kernels yet, as I recall.

Comment 2 Frank Davis 2003-02-06 16:17:44 UTC
That might be true for 2.5.x (I will double check without booting 2.5.59 with
initrd), but it doesn't explain 2.4.21-pre4-ac2, since its the latest 2.4.x
kernel that should work well with mkinitrd. As I said, I will go back and test
both kernels without initrd.

Comment 3 Frank Davis 2003-02-10 21:09:10 UTC
I tried my 2.5.59 kernel on a RH 7.3 system that has no labels on its
partitions. It worked. I have the latest RH 8.0 mkinitrd supplied with the
system (and labled partitions), and as reported, the same 2.5.59 will not work.
I noticed another bugzilla report for RH 7.3 that mentioned that a labeled root
partition works in RH 8.0 . I would differ with that statement. Please advise

Comment 4 Erik Troan 2003-02-10 21:50:42 UTC
Labels definitely work in Red Hat Linux 8 -- we use them by default in our
install. It very likely doesn't work with 2.5 however, and that probably won't
be addressed until 2.6 is available.

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