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Bug 236666 - RFE: Need to update mkinitrd to use mdadm instead of raidautorun to assemble arrays
Summary: RFE: Need to update mkinitrd to use mdadm instead of raidautorun to assemble ...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 6
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On: 213586
Blocks: 230860
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-04-17 01:54 UTC by Doug Ledford
Modified: 2008-04-04 16:31 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-04-04 16:31:47 UTC

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Fix to previous attachment (deleted)
2007-05-30 08:43 UTC, Jan Engelhardt
no flags Details | Diff

Description Doug Ledford 2007-04-17 01:54:11 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #213586 +++

In order to support updating anaconda to create mdadm raid arrays that use
version 1.0 or later superblocks, we have to quit use raid autorun from the
kernel.  The kernel does not support autorun on raid arrays with a superblock
version of 1 or higher.  Anaconda already writes out the information needed to
uniquely identify each array by UUID to /etc/mdadm.conf at startup, so the
following changes should be sufficient: any time we have $raiddevices to start,
install mdadm.static as mdadm and /etc/mdadm.conf as itself on the initrd image,
then when we loop through the $raiddevices list, instead of creating nodes and
calling raid autorun, create the node then call mdadm -A --scan /dev/$dev in the
rc.linux script.  The attached patch implements this behavior.

-- Additional comment from on 2006-11-01 22:27 EST --
Created an attachment (id=140076)
mkinitrd patch to fix issue - tested and working

-- Additional comment from on 2007-01-22 12:34 EST --
I'd suggest adding --run and --auto-update-homehost to the mdadm command line,
such that it will start degraded arrays (wouldn't it suck to be completely
unable to boot because your / went degraded?) and to enable other
failure-recovery scenarios after bringing disks from other machines.

-- Additional comment from on 2007-04-16 21:52 EST --
--auto-update-homehost defeats the purpose of having a homehost in the first
place when on  a NAS/SAN.  You need to be required to do that manually,
especially since you should never be changing the home host of your boot or /
partitions unless you change them together.  If you do want to change them
separately, then rescue mode on the CD is fine.  However, the --run parameter is
perfectly fine. 

I will note that this bug has been languishing, and I'm pretty sure that the
combination of this and the total lack of a few sanity rules in the anaconda
installer has resulted in bug 230860.  If at all possible, this needs fixed
prior to F7 going gold.  I'll open a separate bug (or two) against anaconda.

Note: without fixing this, it's possible for users to create an installation
that is guaranteed to never run their raid arrays properly at bootup.  Raid
autorun is dying, and will be totally dead in the future.  This is needed to
start raid arrays without raid autorun.

Comment 1 Jan Engelhardt 2007-05-30 07:39:23 UTC
Indeed. ( )
IMO, FC should just switch away from nash entirely. Perhaps have a look at suse,
which uses a regular sh+tools only.

Comment 2 Jan Engelhardt 2007-05-30 08:43:29 UTC
Created attachment 155663 [details]
Fix to previous attachment

Previous patch did not work for me (it created <initrd>/bin/mdadm/sbin/mdadm
instead of <initrd>/bin/mdadm), so here's an updated one.

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 06:52:34 UTC
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Comment 4 Alexandre Oliva 2008-04-04 16:31:47 UTC
mkinitrd has used mdadm for at least a couple of Fedora releases already.

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