Bug 969648 - fedup to F19 fails due to read-only root if "data=writeback" in mount opts
fedup to F19 fails due to read-only root if "data=writeback" in mount opts
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: fedup-dracut (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Will Woods
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-06-01 08:41 EDT by David Keegan
Modified: 2015-02-17 10:24 EST (History)
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Description David Keegan 2013-06-01 08:41:33 EDT
Description of problem:

Using fedup-0.7.3 to upgrade from f18 to f19 beta fails.

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How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run fedup on F18 to successful completion on UEFI system.
2. Reboot selecting new "System Upgrade" grub entry.

Actual results:

There is grubby failure due to read-only filesystem. Then it seems to be preparing an rpm transaction, at the end of which there is an error acquiring an rpm lock due to read-only filesystem. The system then reboots. The process
repeats of "System Upgrade" is selected again.

Expected results:

System Upgrade boot should install f19. That didn't happen.

Additional info:

The hardware has UEFI boot. It was upgraded from F17 to F18 beta several months ago using fedup without any problems.

Following the same procedure I was able to upgrade a BIOS system from F18 to F19 beta without any problems.
Comment 1 Jakob Hirsch 2013-07-04 05:28:07 EDT
Same problem here. I solved this by replacing this entry in my /etc/fstab:

UUID=6b694b71-bc0d-4290-a3cf-2c561a281ab1      /       ext4    relatime,journal_async_commit,delalloc,auto_da_alloc,discard,data=writeback 1 1

with this simple one:

/dev/sda1  /    ext4    defaults        1 1

I don't know if it was because of the UUID instead of the device or the excessive options, though.

If this doesn't help, you could try to hack your /usr/lib/systemd/upgrade-prep.sh by insert a "mount -o remount,rw /" before the  line running new-kernel-pkg, this is really ugly though.
Comment 2 mlg9000@yahoo.com 2013-07-04 15:22:59 EDT
I can confirm the same issue, although I have UEFI disabled.

Fedup from 17 to 18 = worked fine

To update to 19 I had to change my /etc/fstab from:

/dev/mapper/vg_bullet-lv_root /                       ext4    defaults,discard,noatime,nodiratime,barrier=0,data=writeback        1 1


/dev/mapper/vg_bullet-lv_root /                       ext4    defaults 1 1
Comment 3 John McInnes 2013-07-05 19:57:28 EDT
x86_64 Same here. I had:

UUID=.....      /        ext4    noatime,data=writeback,acl,user_xattr  1 1

..and changing to.. 

/dev/sda3   /   ext4     defaults     1 1

..fixed it.
Comment 4 mlg9000@yahoo.com 2013-07-05 20:07:49 EDT
The issue is data=writeback, the rest of the options work fine.
Comment 5 Will Woods 2013-08-14 15:37:32 EDT
It's also the only option you all have in common.

What happens if you add "data=writeback" back to your fstab after the upgrade? Does your root device end up being read-only again?
Comment 6 Urban Widmark 2013-09-07 14:30:41 EDT
data=writeback in the fstab causes problems in F19, with root being left mounted read only.

The error is because ext4 refuses to remount with different 'data' mount option. So something is mounting it without the data option in F19. This can be verified by looking at the /proc/mounts listing.

This is as I understand it not a new thing with ext4 (google finds errors going back several years). No idea why it worked in F18, maybe the fstab entry is used somewhere else (initramfs?) or maybe F18 had some kernel patch to allow it. I did not have any mount options listed in my grub.cfg kernel command line.
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