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Bug 83756

Summary: root ext3 filesystem will not mount if there are explicit mount parameters
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Rick Warner <rickwarner>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Hardware: i686   
OS: Linux   
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Description Rick Warner 2003-02-07 22:38:24 UTC
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Description of problem:

If explicit mount options for the root (/) file systems are 
specified in /etc/fstab, rather than "defaults", then mounting
of / during boot fails resulting in a kernel panic.  All options
are valid mount options, and the same string of explicit parameters
work for filesystems other than /.  

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install RedHat Linux with root filesystem formatted as ext3
2.edit /etc/fstab
3.for root filesystem, replace "defaults" in mount parameters with explicit
parameters, e.g., auto,nouser,suid
4) reboot

Actual Results:  Boot fails.  At pivotroot, mount of ext3 / filesystem fails
with error saying bad parameter.  Since root (/) filesystem
cannot mount, init cannot start.

Expected Results:  Machine completes boot into RH.

Additional info:

Mounting root filesystem
EXT3-fs: unrecognized mount option nouser
mount: error 22 mounting ext3
pivotroot: pivot_root(sysroot,sysroot/initrd) failed: 2
umount /initrd/proc failed: 2
Freeing unused kernel memory: 172k freed
Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:30 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
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