RFC - bootscript error reporting

Nathan Coulson conathan at conet.dyndns.org
Wed Jan 28 11:09:47 PST 2004

> Jeremy Utley wrote:
>> As the new co-maintainer of the lfs-bootscripts package, I'd like to get
>> the community's input on what I feel is a fairly serious problem with
>> the LFS-bootscripts - that is the hanging of the bootscripts when an
>> error is encountered.  We've all seen it before:
>> You should not be seeing this message! blah blah
>> Press Enter to continue.
>> This poses 2 problems - first, if the machine is unattended, this will
>> hang the reboot process.  Second, previous reports list that
>> occasionally hitting the enter key doesn't do the RightThing (TM) with
>> regard to this.  I propose to make the default bootscripts replace this
>> with a pause of a reasonable duration (5-10 secs), and then continue on
>> with the process.  The worst case if this is done that *I* personally
>> can think of is that some filesystems may not be properly unmounted on
>> the reboot, and might need to be fscked after the reboot.  It still,
>> however, gives the user who's watching the bootscripts proceed to see
>> the error that occured, and look into the problem when the system comes
>> back up.
>> Anyone see any major flaws with doing this?
>> -J-
> Jeremy and Nicholas, you guys will probably want to look at BLFS BZ.
> There are some bugs in there WRT the bootscripts.

Nathan, actually.

We shall keep that in mind [wonder if I can speak for Jeremy...]

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