Bug 98692 - rc.sysinit does not work with raid 1+0 setup
Summary: rc.sysinit does not work with raid 1+0 setup
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts   
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Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2003-07-07 16:24 UTC by Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version: FC3
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-09-30 19:09:07 UTC
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Sample /etc/raidtab (519 bytes, text/plain)
2003-07-07 16:25 UTC, Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak
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Description Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak 2003-07-07 16:24:56 UTC
Description of problem:
The rc.sysinit script in RedHat 9 fails to activate the RAID 1+0 config
and bails out to the sulogin shell for RAID repair.

I have the following setup in my /etc/raidtab:
md0: hdi1 + hde1 (raid1)
md1: hdk1 + hdh1 (raid1)
md2: md0 + md1 (raid0)
The rc.sysinit skips the "raidstart" for the md0 and md1, because it does
not find md0 nor md1 referenced from /etc/fstab. It then tries to
do raidstart /dev/md2, which of course fails, because md0 and md1 are
still inactive. The correct solution would be to give up the suboptimal
parsing of /etc/fstab and implement the full tree search over all md and lvm
devices, but this can be quite expensive. I think it would be better to
add a "noauto"-like option for /etc/raidtab (raidtools) and simply do
"raidstart -a" from rc.sysinit.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. use the attached /etc/raidtab
2. add /dev/md2 to /etc/fstab
3. reboot your system
Actual results:
rc.sysinit bails out to the login prompt

Expected results:
normal system boot

Additional info:
I will attach my /etc/raidtab to this bugreport in a moment.

Comment 1 Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak 2003-07-07 16:25:44 UTC
Created attachment 92775 [details]
Sample /etc/raidtab

Comment 2 Mike MacCana 2003-10-20 06:08:28 UTC
The same problem affects LVM + RAID setups doing `Raid' 1+0.

Say you make a volume group of two raid devices. Since the raid devices
themselves don't contain filesystem and hence aren't in the filesystem stable,
they'll never be started. Then mounting the logical volume will fail because the
devices that are part of the volume group don't exist.

Good one marking this as high. As well as the reasons above, we have a optional
lab in the RH133 course where students can set this up. Kinda embarassing when
it fails.

Comment 3 Andrew Rechenberg 2005-06-30 19:29:18 UTC
Any progress on this bug?  It's almost two years old and is still a problem with
RHEL3U4, Fedora Core 3, and presumably RHEL4 since it is based on FC3.

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2005-09-30 19:09:07 UTC
Closing bugs on older, no longer supported, releases. Apologies for any lack of

This shouldn't be the same issue on FC3 and later, as mdadm is used instead of
raidtab and raidtools. If this persists there, please open a new issue.

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