Re: reboot cycle, no log messages

In case someone searching for something finds this thread (or I find myself forgetting things I've done again) and the following information helps:

I ended up filing a bug, and in the process thought of checking a few more combinations. Checking those led me to discover I had /dev/sda (n) and /dev/sdb(n) reversed on the partitions/file systems that were actually causing complaints. Specifically, it was not the LVM partitions giving me the problems, that was just where the messages were making it to the screen. It was me trying to mount /dev/sdb4 instead of /dev/sda4 (or was it the other way around?) in /etc/ fstab . (who'da thunk? especiallly with the zero-length partition thing 8-p)

(I left the bug there because the error messages could be improved, but my problems are solved.)

On Jan 1, 2010, at 5:00 PM, Joel Rees wrote:

Just before it reboots, it gives me messages about old ext3 partitions that have problems mounting.

This is what I captured with a digital camera when it cycled:

/dev/mapper/fc7-7[various]: clean [long list of partitions from the old system]
/dev/mapper/fc7-7varwww: clean, 644/516896 files, 27268/516896 blocks

*** An error occured during the file system check,
*** Dropping you to a shell; the system will reboot
*** when you leave the shell.
*** Warning -- SELinux is active
*** Disabling security enforcement for system recovery.
*** Run 'setenforce 1' to reenable.
sulogin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared
object file: No such file or directory
Unmounting file system
Automatic reboot in progress.

Setting the passno entry in /etc/fstab to 0 or commenting out the entry just pushes the error message back. When a large partition at /dev/sdb4, which I use for backup, is the final partition checked in /etc/fstab, it gives me

fsck.ext3: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while trying to open /dev/sdb4
Could this be a zero-length partition?

and then the messages about and the automatic reboot.

yum provides tells me that nss-softokn-freebl is installed. Trying an erase to re-install it tells me that most of the OS and most of the apps seem to be dependent on it, one way or another. Hmm.

This looks like I need to file a bug or two. Anyone know what's happening here?

Joel Rees

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