Debian Bug report logs - #523120
live-initramfs: plainroot is impossible

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Package: live-initramfs; Maintainer for live-initramfs is Debian Live Project <>;

Reported by: Hamish <>

Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 16:57:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version live-initramfs/1.156.1-1

Fixed in version live-initramfs/1.157.3-1

Done: Daniel Baumann <>

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Report forwarded to, Debian Live <>:
Bug#523120; Package live-initramfs. (Wed, 08 Apr 2009 16:57:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Hamish <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: live-initramfs: plainroot is impossible
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 04:53:47 +1200
Package: live-initramfs
Version: 1.156.1-1
Severity: normal


Due to a hosed IDE controler with bad DMA* I can't read the HD's 
MBR directly. So I am trying to boot from a standard live-helper 
CD with root=/dev/hda1 as a boot option. It boots the live disk as
root instead so I looked in live-initramfs/scripts/live and see
that PLAIN_ROOT (boot option 'plainroot') has to be set in order
for $livefs_root to be set to what I gave for ${ROOT}.

but if I set the 'plainroot' boot command it panics with
  "No supported filesystem images found at /live."
which comes from the mount_images_in_directory() fn.

[*] I'm also fighting with bug #442333 for the ide=nodma issues...

I could set the live-media-path= boot option to "" (or perhaps "/boot")
to avoid it looking for a "live" directory but then I get stuck at 
trying to match *.squashfs et al. in an unmounted /dev/hda1 which 
wouldn't find anything with one of those extensions even if it were 

so some missing logic in scripts/live to allow plainroot to work?


-- Package-specific info:

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages live-initramfs depends on:
ii  busybox                       1:1.10.2-2 Tiny utilities for small and embed
ii  file                          4.26-1     Determines file type using "magic"
ii  initramfs-tools               0.92o      tools for generating an initramfs
ii  sudo                          1.6.9p17-2 Provide limited super user privile
ii  udev                          0.125-7    /dev/ and hotplug management daemo
ii  user-setup                    1.23       Set up initial user and password

Versions of packages live-initramfs recommends:
ii  eject                       2.1.5+deb1-4 ejects CDs and operates CD-Changer
ii  uuid-runtime                1.41.3-1     universally unique id library
ii  wget                        1.11.4-2     retrieves files from the web

Versions of packages live-initramfs suggests:
pn  curlftpfs                     <none>     (no description available)
pn  genext2fs                     <none>     (no description available)
pn  httpfs2                       <none>     (no description available)
pn  loop-aes-utils                <none>     (no description available)
pn  mtd-tools                     <none>     (no description available)
pn  squashfs-tools                <none>     (no description available)

-- no debconf information

Information forwarded to, Debian Live <>:
Bug#523120; Package live-initramfs. (Sat, 01 Aug 2009 11:30:02 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Daniel Baumann <>
Subject: Re: live-initramfs: plainroot is impossible
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:21:54 +0200
tag 523120 pending

done in git.

Address:        Daniel Baumann, Burgunderstrasse 3, CH-4562 Biberist

Added tag(s) pending. Request was from Daniel Baumann <> to (Sat, 01 Aug 2009 11:30:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #20 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Daniel Baumann <>
Subject: Bug#523120: fixed in live-initramfs 1.157.3-1
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 21:56:41 +0000
Source: live-initramfs
Source-Version: 1.157.3-1

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
live-initramfs, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/l/live-initramfs/live-initramfs_1.157.3-1.diff.gz
  to pool/main/l/live-initramfs/live-initramfs_1.157.3-1.dsc
  to pool/main/l/live-initramfs/live-initramfs_1.157.3-1_all.deb
  to pool/main/l/live-initramfs/live-initramfs_1.157.3.orig.tar.gz

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Daniel Baumann <> (supplier of updated live-initramfs package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:37:57 +0200
Source: live-initramfs
Binary: live-initramfs
Architecture: source all
Version: 1.157.3-1
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Live <>
Changed-By: Daniel Baumann <>
 live-initramfs - Debian Live initramfs hook
Closes: 522383 523120 530128 532471 533046
 live-initramfs (1.157.3-1) unstable; urgency=low
   [ Daniel Baumann ]
   * Initial commit for having support for swapfiles.
   * Initial commit for having support for persistency on luks.
   [ Marco Amadori ]
   * Partition snapshots works again.
   * Added "whole partition" snapshot resync type.
   * Two return code consistency fix.
   * Improved an useful debug string.
   * Cleaned a bit the snapshot feature.
   [ Steven Shiau ]
   * Making fetch to work with file on sub dir on tftp server.
   [ Daniel Baumann ]
   * Avoiding echo bashism in live-initramfs.init by using printf instead
     (Closes: #530128).
   * Correcting wrong path when disabling anacron in 25configure_init,
     thanks to Rui Bernardo <> (Closes:
   * Removing disabling of postfix in 25configure_init, it's not
     appropriate for debian to do this by default. Thanks to Rui Bernardo
   * Correcting typo in description of the ip boot parameter in live-
     initramfs manpage, thanks to Philippe Leledy <>
     (Closes: #532471).
   [ Marco Amadori ]
   * Removed two bashisms on live-snapshot.
   [ Daniel Baumann ]
   * Correcting wrong abort logic in 21xdriver, thanks to Luigi Capriotti
   [ Luigi Capriotti ]
   * Fixing possible invalid results from function where_is_mounted by
     returning more than one line inwhere_is_mounted();.
   * Fixing relaxed permissions of / in the live filesystem.
   * Fixing invalid mangling of /etc/event.d/tty.
   * Fixing typo in snapshot file list.
   [ Daniel Baumann ]
   * Correcting cryptsetup calls for persistency on luks.
   * Copy live-installer-launcher desktop icon on users desktop.
   * Also updating USB device detection in initramfs script for linux
     2.6.29 and newer.
   * Adding missing pipe in cryptsetup call for persistency on luks
   * Making plainroot work (Closes: #523120).
   [ Marco Amadori ]
   * persistent=nofiles fix (Closes: 522383).
   [ Daniel Baumann ]
   * Looking for persistency partitions on luks devices only if we boot
     with persistent=cryptsetup.
   * Fail early in gnome-panel-data bottom script if gnome-panel-data is
     not installed.
   * Optimizing gnome-panel-data bottom script by leaving out the stupid
   [ Richard Nelson ]
   * Allow for multiple but unique persistent media.
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 5c2320680dcfeef2d73299c9c3740c993bda9ae4 83662 live-initramfs_1.157.3.orig.tar.gz
 565ed03cc0d9b4f2473bc102becacde96b03818d 12545 live-initramfs_1.157.3-1.diff.gz
 aa2dba4918f17f7634437fd076b2ddb0780f1ae3 93656 live-initramfs_1.157.3-1_all.deb
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 8483673f35f1178ef2b945d0b4702d24 1301 misc optional live-initramfs_1.157.3-1.dsc
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 e0fed27c4224acecea38cda781415e31 12545 misc optional live-initramfs_1.157.3-1.diff.gz
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