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Re: Won't boot after upgrade FC2 to FC3 on Dell 2650, LVM problem?

Aleksandar Milivojevic wrote:
Deron Meranda wrote:

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2650 (dual Xeon) which was running FC2.  I
upgraded to FC3 and after the first reboot it failed to start the
kernel.  It looks like it is having trouble reading or mounting the
filesystems.  The upgrade process itself went flawlessly.  Also it was
initially installed/built with FC2, and no non-Fedora software had
ever been loaded on it.

I've seen the same problem on some systems when I was playing around with LVM. The only difference my for-fun machines were initial inistall. When booted into rescue mode, I can mount root file system (from LVM volume). When booting normaly, kernel fails to find LVM volumes (and thus no root file system to mount that leads to kernel panic).

Have you got any replies on this off-list, or maybe managed to figure it out yourself?

OK, I found why it hasn't worked in my setup. It was timing issue during execution of init script from initrd image.

What happened was that device driver for my SCSI card (sym53c8xx) was rather slow in detecting disk drives. Init script would load the SCSI driver, and than go after loading raid1 and dm-* drivers, and detecting logical volumes. The sym53c8xx didn't had enough time to find and report disk drives, and the rest was chain reaction: raid1 devices were not configured (since raid1 module couldn't see any disks), and LVM couldn't find any volumes (since the mirrors were not setup).

This also explains why everything was OK when booting from rescue CD, but not when booting normally from disk. When booting from rescue CD, sym53c8xx is first loaded, and than after some user interaction, raid1 and dm-* modules are loaded. "user interaction" part gave sym53c8xx enough time to detect and report attached disks before raid1 and dm-* modules were loaded. No such luck when booting off disk.

I made rather dirty workaround (inserted "sleep 30") after "insmod 53c8xx" line in init script. This gave 53c8xx driver enough time to detect disks, and now everything works.

Now I need to remember that I'll have to rebuild initrd manually every time I update the kernel...

What SCSI controller do you have on your motherboard, and how disks are connected? It might be that part of my problem was the fact that disks were connected to second SCSI controller (first SCSI controller was faulty).

Does anybody know if "insmod" is supposed to wait until driver initializes itself (in this case, finds all devices attached to SCSI controller). Or is there race issue with using initrd images (that most people are lucky not to hit)?

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