There's a recent new problem in F18 which causes appliance creation to fail in the koji buildsystem, because loopback devices aren't created properly inside the chroot.
Andy Grimm has created a patch http://fpaste.org/LwiV/ (also, follows) which we'd like to apply to work around the issue.
There may be a deeper issue with device-mapper that is the root cause, but this is a small and relatively unobtrusive fix which should get us back to building images without much implication.
Also nominating as F18 blocker, as functioning EC2 images is a final release criteria and we'll need this and it can't be an update.
--- appliance-tools-006.2.orig/appcreate/partitionedfs.py 2012-08-09 03:29:33.000000000 -0700
+++ appliance-tools-006.2.orig/appcreate/partitionedfs.py 2012-12-14 10:36:57.982845602 -0800
@@ -173,6 +173,21 @@
if rc != 0:
raise MountError("Failed to map partitions for '%s'" %
+ if not os.path.exists(mapperdev):
+ dmsetup = subprocess.Popen(["dmsetup", "ls"],
+ dmsetupOutput = dmsetup.communicate().split('\n')
+ for line in dmsetupOutput:
+ m = re.match("%s\s+\((\d+):(\d+)\)" % os.path.basename(mapperdev), line)
+ if not m:
+ major, minor = m.groups()[:2]
+ rc = subprocess.call(["/bin/mknod", mapperdev, "b", major, minor])
+ if rc != 0:
+ raise MountError("Failed to map partitions for '%s'" %
d['mapped'] = True
Upon further review, appliance-creator tasks in koji do bind mount /dev (thanks dgilmore for pointing that out). Given that, we are back to this being a race condition. I've verified that I can reproduce it, and sleeping even a fraction of a second (0.1 or less) is enough for the problem to go away. I've also verified that in doing os.listdir("/dev/mapper") immediately after the kpartx call returns, the /dev/mapper symlink is not present yet. So this is the same issue as 885385 after all. Sorry for the confusion.
Let's clarify one more time. It's a race, but not the same race as 885385
This one is because kpartx's -s option doesn't work when udev is not running in the chroot.
device-mapper-multipath packages that reinstate the libdm failback device creation for multipath and kpartx when called in sync mode are available at:
Let me know if this fixes the problem.
Confirmed that the above build fixes the problem. Thanks, Ben.
Discussed at 2012-12-17 blocker review meeting: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-bugzappers/2012-12-17/f18final-blocker-review-5.2012-12-17-16.40.log.txt . Accepted as a blocker per criterion "The release must boot successfully as Xen DomU with releases providing a functional, supported Xen Dom0 and widely used cloud providers utilizing Xen. This does not include any issues limited to the release functioning as Xen Dom0" - this bug blocks creation of the EC2 image, which is a major case of that criterion.
fix added. multipath and kpartx now use the libdm failback device creation when called in sync mode.
device-mapper-multipath-0.4.9-36.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing device-mapper-multipath-0.4.9-36.fc18'
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device-mapper-multipath-0.4.9-36.fc18 has been pushed to the Fedora 18 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.