[arch-general] Installing to RAID .. cannot reboot

D. R. Evans doc.evans at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 13:51:14 EDT 2012

Paul Gideon Dann said the following at 07/03/2012 02:35 AM :
> On Monday 02 Jul 2012 13:42:39 D. R. Evans wrote:
>> I have finally reached the point where the various /dev/md<n> devices mount
>> during the reboot....
>> Now I get a large number of error messages of the form:
>>   init: failed to create pty - disabling logging for job
>> and:
>>   could not load /lib/modules/3.4.4-2-ARCH/modules.dep no such file or
>> directory on the console, and then the system appears to simply halt,
>> without completing the reboot.
>> What are these messages trying to tell me, and how do I fix them so that the
>> reboot can complete?
> When you say "reboot", you're saying that these messages appear as ArchLinux 
> is trying to boot (after grub), right?  Not as it's shutting down?

Yes... although it's not GRUB, since the wiki says that GRUB is not supported
with RAID. So it's SYSLINUX.

> Could you list the messages that appear before the error messages, so that we 
> can get an idea of what stage you've got to in the boot process?

That's non-trivial... there's no way to capture them, so I would have to hope
that XON/XOFF works (which it probably does) and write them down by hand. I'll
do that when I can summon up the enthusiasm for it. Frankly, after more than a
week trying to install Arch on RAID, I'm awfully close to giving up and going
back to Ubuntu, which Just Worked, at least insofar as the installation was

In the meantime, as far as I recall, the messages said that the various RAID
arrays were up and running, and then immediately I started getting a series of
the "failed to create pty" messages. But it's quite likely that I've forgotten
one or two informative messages that appeared before the errors started to occur.


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