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Bug 83756 - root ext3 filesystem will not mount if there are explicit mount parameters
Summary: root ext3 filesystem will not mount if there are explicit mount parameters
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-02-07 22:38 UTC by Rick Warner
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:50 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:30 UTC

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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
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