[lfs-dev] Booting with systemd

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon May 5 08:54:26 PDT 2014


Nathan Coulson wrote:
> On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:
>> William Harrington wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> On May 4, 2014, at 3:38 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>>
>>>> Seems benign enough to me, but I keep getting timeouts trying to mount
>>>> /boot, /home, /usr/src, and swap.
>>>
>>>
>>> It could possibly be related to
>>>
>>> http://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd-gpt-auto-generator.html
>>>
>>> Have you had a look through that along with
>>> systemd-efi-boot-generator(8) and the Generator Specification at the
>>> above link?
>>>
>>> I haven't used gpt, but maybe something there will help.
>>
>>
>>
>> systemd-gpt-auto-generator and systemd-efi-boot-generator are binaries, but
>> I can try to remove them.
>>
>> "Note that this generator has no effect on non-GPT systems, on systems where
>> the units are explicitly configured (for example, listed in fstab(5)), or
>> where the mount points are non-empty."
>>
>> If it works as documented, it shouldn't do anything because all the mount
>> points are listed in fstab.
>>
>> Note too that I blew away Windows completely, so I don't have an EFI System
>> Partition, but I do have an EFI type bios.
>>
>> I tried removing the files, but that didn't help.
>>
>> This type of problem reinforces my dislike of systemd.  If it were a simple
>> boot script, I could just comment out the offending line and get up and
>> debug that function.  Here, the logic if buried deep in compiled code or
>> multiple configuration files with opaque inter-dependencies.
>>
>> I'm really trying to make this work, but it keeps throwing problems up.  I
>> tried Fedora 20 (with LXDE) and it didn't seem to work either.  It hangs
>> with no apparent error messages.

> For me, I have
> /dev/sda - gpt disk,  /dev/sda1 is a EFI partition (FAT32), /dev/sda2,
> lvm2, /dev/sda3 is my root
>
> (root is  suppose to be in lvm2, but currently broken since I have used systemd)
>
>
> my fstab:
>
> /dev/sda3       /       auto    defaults,discard        0 2
> UUID=5E12-F7F1          /boot/          auto    defaults,discard        0 2
> /dev/md0.vg/data        /mnt/data       auto    defaults 0 2
> /dev/md0.vg/os.swap     none            swap    pri=1    0 0
>
>
> worst I ever have, are problems mounting /mnt/data and swap (lvm2).
> not sure why.  Reboots fix it (or just mounting and continuing the
> boot).  I guess the only partition I have that matches your usecase is
> /boot, and I use a  UUID to mount it.

I did try a UUID and a LABEL (on one partition) and neither worked.

Is an EFI partition needed for systemd even though nothing else needs 
it?  That would be unacceptable.

   -- Bruce


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