Debian Bug report logs - #519254
Debian Lenny/s390 - unable to boot with a dedicated /boot partition

Package: zipl-installer; Maintainer for zipl-installer is Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>; Source for zipl-installer is src:zipl-installer.

Reported by: Marc Schoechlin <ms@256bit.org>

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:57:01 UTC

Severity: important

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#519254; Package debian-installer. (Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:57:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Marc Schoechlin <ms@256bit.org>
To: submit@bugs.debian.org
Cc: waldi@debian.org
Subject: Debian Lenny/s390 - unable to boot with a dedicated /boot partition
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:53:03 +0100
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Package: debian-installer
Severity: grave

Hi,

i tried to install Debian Lenny on s390 - if i create a dedicated
partition for the /boot directory system-boot fails after installation.

Partitions:

DEVNO  Partition   Mountpoint
3012   dasda1      /boot
3012   dasda2      <swap>
3026   dasdb1      /
3027   dasdc1      /home

I get a rescue shell after booting the system.

For more details, review the attached files (especially the
bootmessages captured from the 3270 console).

Best regards
Marc Schoechlin
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Severity set to `important' from `grave' Request was from Bastian Blank <waldi@debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:30:02 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Bug#519254; Package debian-installer. (Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:27:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Marc Schoechlin <ms@256bit.org>
To: 519254@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Severity change
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:26:28 +0100
Severity: important

The previous severity was a little bit too high :-)

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Bug reassigned from package 'debian-installer' to 'zipl-installer'. Request was from Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:15:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Bug#519254; Package zipl-installer. (Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:24:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Stephen Powell <zlinuxman@wowway.com>
To: 519254@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Debian Lenny/s390 - unable to boot with a dedicated /boot partition
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:21:04 -0400 (EDT)
I just noticed this bug report today.  I am not the package maintainer,
I am another user.  I have noticed this bug too, but I never bothered
to file a bug report.  So since someone else did, I have subscribed
to this bug report.

I believe that this is a legitimate bug.  However, until such time
as it is fixed, I offer you a circumvention.  Apparently, the installer
attempts to mount the devices in increasing device number/partition order.
Thus, in your example, it attempts to mount the partitions in the order:
(3012,1), (3012,2), (3026,1), (3027,1).  In your example, it attempts
to mount /boot before /, which is not possible.  The algorithm needs to
be changed to mount the devices in the order that the file system requires.
To put it simply, mount / first, then mount all remaining mount points
containing a single slash (/boot, /home, etc.), then all remaining mount
points containing two slashes, etc., until all partitions are mounted.
Swap spaces are not part of the file system and can be mounted independently.

Given the algorithm used by the installer today, you can use a separate
/boot partition, but its device number/partition must be higher than
the device number/partition of the / device.  For example, if (3012,1)
was / and (3026,1) was /boot, it would have worked.

-- 
  .''`.     Stephen Powell    
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 `. `'`
   `-




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#519254; Package zipl-installer. (Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:45:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org>:
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Message #24 received at 519254@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org>
To: Stephen Powell <zlinuxman@wowway.com>, 519254@bugs.debian.org
Cc: Marc Schoechlin <ms@256bit.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#519254: Debian Lenny/s390 - unable to boot with a dedicated /boot partition
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:41:23 +0100
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Hi,

I'm adding the submitter in cc: so that he gets a copy of your mail.

Stephen Powell <zlinuxman@wowway.com> (2010-09-10):
> I just noticed this bug report today.  I am not the package maintainer,
> I am another user.  I have noticed this bug too, but I never bothered
> to file a bug report.  So since someone else did, I have subscribed
> to this bug report.
> 
> I believe that this is a legitimate bug.  However, until such time
> as it is fixed, I offer you a circumvention.  Apparently, the installer
> attempts to mount the devices in increasing device number/partition order.
> Thus, in your example, it attempts to mount the partitions in the order:
> (3012,1), (3012,2), (3026,1), (3027,1).  In your example, it attempts
> to mount /boot before /, which is not possible.  The algorithm needs to
> be changed to mount the devices in the order that the file system requires.
> To put it simply, mount / first, then mount all remaining mount points
> containing a single slash (/boot, /home, etc.), then all remaining mount
> points containing two slashes, etc., until all partitions are mounted.
> Swap spaces are not part of the file system and can be mounted independently.
> 
> Given the algorithm used by the installer today, you can use a separate
> /boot partition, but its device number/partition must be higher than
> the device number/partition of the / device.  For example, if (3012,1)
> was / and (3026,1) was /boot, it would have worked.
> 
> -- 
>   .''`.     Stephen Powell    
>  : :'  :
>  `. `'`
>    `-

Do you know if wheezy is affected as well?

Mraw,
KiBi.
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