CentOS 7, Xeon CPUs, Not Booting

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This is happening on anything other than plain vanilla Dell servers. One R730, with dual Tesla cards, one R420, with a fibre card for a RAID
device, it never switches root. All these systems have Xeons, not AMD
CPUs.

We’ve had this with every one of the 327 kernels. In addition, it seems to happen also with the 229.20.1; the 229.14.1 has no such problem.

From the rdsosreport:
starting at line 126:
/dev/disk/by-label:
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root 0 10 Jan 27 19:03 SWAP -> ../../sda2
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root 0 10 Jan 27 19:03 \x2f -> ../../sda3
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root 0 10 Jan 27 19:03 \x2fboot -> ../../sda1

Then, starting at line 1283:
[ 3.317027] systemd[1]: Found device ST500NM0003-9ZM172 /.
[ 3.317974] systemd[1]: Starting File System Check on
/dev/disk/by-label/\x2f…
[ 3.320089] systemd-fsck[590]: Failed to detect device
/dev/disk/by-label//
[ 3.320567] systemd[1]: systemd-fsck-root.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
[ 3.320972] systemd[1]: Failed to start File System Check on /dev/disk/by-label/\x2f.

Does *ANYONE* have any clues as to what’s going on?

Meanwhile, on a plain vanilla Dell R420, I see:
ll /dev/disk/by-label/
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 10 Feb 17 10:06 SWAP -> ../../sda2
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 10 Feb 17 10:06 boot -> ../../sda1
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 10 Feb 17 10:06 root -> ../../sda3

So, what is this by-label with the x2f, and why can’t it find the drives?

Or do I have to file a bug report? This is a true show-stopper.

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One thought on - CentOS 7, Xeon CPUs, Not Booting

  • Here are a few related thoughts:

    The ‘x2f’ looks to me very similar to me to %2F, the URL encoding for the forward slash (/).

    If you look in /usr/lib/udev/rules.d, you’ll see rules like

    ENV{ID_FS_USAGE}==”filesystem|other”, ENV{ID_FS_LABEL_ENC}==”?*”, SYMLINK+=”disk/by-label/$env{ID_FS_LABEL_ENC}”

    where, if ID_FS_LABEL_ENC were equal to “/”, then the rule would be disk/by-label// — with two trailing slashes, which (perhaps) gets interpreted not as one slash (like cd might do) by as “/x2f”.

    That’s the end of random thought #1.

    The second is like it:

    A local C7 machine has this root entry in /etc/fstab:

    /dev/mapper/vg00-rootdev / xfs defaults 0 0

    When I search my system logs for messages like the ones in your original post, I see

    systemd: Found device /dev/mapper/vg00-rootdev.
    systemd: Starting File System Check on /dev/mapper/vg00-rootdev…

    It’s only after that’s complete that I get device-specific messages like

    systemd: Found device ST9600204SS.

    So I’m interested to know the content of your /etc/fstab file.

    End of thought #2.

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