[arch-general] Update to & LTS killed dmraid box??

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Tue Aug 17 13:42:41 EDT 2010

On 08/17/2010 10:39 AM, Rogutės Sparnuotos wrote:
> David C. Rankin (2010-08-17 08:20):
>> On 08/17/2010 05:53 AM, Rogutės Sparnuotos wrote:
>>> David C. Rankin (2010-08-17 00:48):
>>>> On 08/16/2010 10:17 PM, David C. Rankin wrote:
>>>>>      After boot to the normal 2.6.34 kernel, the box kept automatically
>>>>> rebooting itself - WTF? So I booted to the LTS kernel, which booted this time
>>>>> and rebuilt the initramfs file with:
>>>>> /sbin/mkinitcpio -k 2.6.34-ARCH -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/kernel26.img
>>>>>      It completed successfully. Rebooting resulted in an error that the the
>>>>> partitions were corrupt. So I attempted to boot back into the LTS kernel. It
>>>>> failed as well?? So I rebooted into suse 11.0 which is on the other array. The
>>>>> box booted into suse without any problems. I then mouted the Arch array and the
>>>>> partitions are fine. (that's where the raid info above came from).
>>>>>      I don't know what is going on here. Kernel updates on this box have always
>>>>> been uneventful. Tonight all hell broke loose. What could have caused Arch to
>>>>> report the partitions were bad? More important, what do I do to get Arch back?
>>>> When 2.6.34-3 starts, you only get the first few lines of the boot process like:
>>>> root(1,5)
>>>> bzimage.....
>>>> it sits there for a while just doing nothing, then when it hits a
>>>> timeout or something - boom it reboots.
>>> Remove the 'quiet' option from the kernel command line and look for more
>>> useful information (if you are using grub, press 'e' during grub prompt
>>> and delete the word 'quiet').
>> # (0) Arch Linux
>> title  Arch Linux on Archangel
>> root   (hd1,5)
>> kernel /vmlinuz26 root=/dev/mapper/nvidia_baaccajap5 ro
>> initrd /kernel26.img
>> # (1) Arch Linux
>> title  Arch Linux Fallback
>> root   (hd1,5)
>> kernel /vmlinuz26 root=/dev/mapper/nvidia_baaccajap5 ro
>> initrd /kernel26-fallback.img
>> Unfortunately -- there was no quiet to begin with. It only gets that
>> far and then dies. Any other thoughts?
> So all that you see after the grub prompt is this (including the dots)?
>    root(1,5)
>    bzimage.....

Well, there are complete sentences there, I'll take a pad with me and copy it 
down verbatim

> What if you put 'debug' there, so that the line reads:
>    kernel /vmlinuz26 root=/dev/mapper/nvidia_baaccajap5 ro debug
> Does anything change if you rebuild the initrd image with mkinitcpio?
> Did you try booting the fallback image?

I've already tried rebuilding initrd, and nothing changed. I'll go give debug a 
shot and report back. Thank you for your help!

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
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