On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM, Martti Kühne firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Thanks for the pointer. I just removed the init= setting from /etc/default/grub and added the systemd hook to mkinitcpio.conf. I generated both the bootloader config and the initcpio.
Yeap, that part works fine for me, too. Make sure to use the "sd-*" variant of the HOOKS if available. The arch wiki is unfortunately a bit lacking wrt. mkinitcpio and systemd:-/
It e.g. suggests to add the "base" hook before "systemd", to get a debug environment... That will indeed install some binaries, but then the systemd hook will overwrite the init script with systemd and thus remove the normal options to trigger a debug shell in the initrd.
However, I still wonder, because my machine boots just fine this way.
So does mine till I start to tinker with it:-)
Thinking more closely about the issue as you present it, usually, if things go wrong in the inticpio stage you get thrown to a shell to fix stuff manually.
That is no longer the case once I enable the "systemd" hook (I do have the "base" hook before the "systemd" one).
As it does not looks like this seems to be the case, your new_root appears to get mounted and the issue appears to be somewhere else...
You are correct, but how did you gather that from my original mail? :-)
Systemd claims to have mounted / and /usr. It then proceeds to tear down services it started as part of the initrd and tries to pivot root. Everything perfectly normal up to that point.
Then it fails with "/bin/sh not found".
Most likely either / or /usr is not mounted properly. A quick "ls" should point me into the right direction, but how do I get a debug shell?
You also did not provide any error message or other pointer which would lead us to the source of your problem, and I think you should add anything you have (eg. remove the "quiet" boot option).
I have to admit that I did not think about removing "quiet" this morning:-/ Shame on me.
My question is basically how to get the a debug shell in an initrd created by mkinitcpio with the "systemd" hook enabled?
The long and involved way is most likely to make sure the systemd-debug-generator will be added to the initrd by the "systemd" hook, together with a modified debug-shell.service that actually is started during the initrd (and not only afterwards).
Then I should be able to enable that debug shell with the kernel parameters documented for the systemd-debug-generator.
Is there a simpler way, involving less hacking?
Best Regards, Tobias