[Bug 243464] [NEW] [intrepid] initrd sometimes falls to busybox prompt

Christian Roessner christian at roessner-net.com
Fri Jun 27 09:33:53 UTC 2008

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: initramfs-tools


I am testing intrepid to help finding bugs :-)

When I start booting my system, I need 5-6 times to get my machine
booting. Often it falls back to the busybox prompt.

When I use that prompt and change into /dev/vg01 directory, only the
lv_p2 partition is seen there. So the lvm stuff does not find all

My system is configured that way:

/dev/mapper/vg01-lv_root on / type ext3 (rw,noatime,errors=remount-ro)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=620)
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
/dev/md0 on /boot type ext3 (rw,noatime,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/mapper/vg01-lv_p1 on /home type ext3 (rw,noatime,errors=remount-ro,data=writeback)
/dev/sdb1 on /media/windows type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096)
none on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw,devgid=46,devmode=664)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/croessner/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=croessner)

df -Th
Dateisystem   Typ    Größe Benut  Verf Ben% Eingehängt auf
              ext3    112G   55G   52G  52% /
tmpfs        tmpfs    1,7G     0  1,7G   0% /lib/init/rw
varrun       tmpfs    1,7G  280K  1,7G   1% /var/run
varlock      tmpfs    1,7G     0  1,7G   0% /var/lock
udev         tmpfs    1,7G  108K  1,7G   1% /dev
tmpfs        tmpfs    1,7G   52K  1,7G   1% /dev/shm
/dev/md0      ext3     99M   18M   76M  19% /boot
              ext3     50G  4,7G   43G  10% /home
/dev/sdb1  fuseblk    150G   56G   94G  38% /media/windows
fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon    112G   55G   52G  52% /home/croessner/.gvfs

cat /proc/mdstat 
Personalities : [linear] [multipath] [raid0] [raid1] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] [raid10] 
md1 : active raid1 sdc5[0] sda5[1]
      488279488 blocks [2/2] [UU]
md0 : active raid1 sdc1[0] sda1[1]
      104320 blocks [2/2] [UU]
unused devices: <none>

cat /proc/cmdline 
root=UUID=219d4dfe-75f9-4144-906a-e0c08ba7200f resume=/dev/mapper/vg01-lv_swap quiet splash locale=de_DE

cat /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf | grep -ve ^# -ve ^$
DEVICE partitions
CREATE owner=root group=disk mode=0660 auto=yes
HOMEHOST <system>
MAILADDR croessner
ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=c96cab68:2c4fdfbd:799f5a3b:588da548
ARRAY /dev/md1 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=060f6c67:d95830c9:799f5a3b:588da548

Busybox is telling me that it can not find the given UUID. Combined with
the missing lvm stuff, it is saying the truth :-)

So it might be some timeing problems with scanning LVM

dmesg and lspci stuff can be found here:


Thanks in advance

** Affects: initramfs-tools (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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