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[Bug 575993] New: System only boots into maintenance mode if stale entry in /etc/fstab is present
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  • Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 03:30:53 +0000
  • Message-id: <bug-575993-21960@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/>

Summary: System only boots into maintenance mode if stale entry
in /etc/fstab is present
Classification: openSUSE
Product: openSUSE 11.2
Version: Final
Platform: x86-64
OS/Version: Other
Status: NEW
Severity: Normal
Priority: P5 - None
Component: Basesystem
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: bugzilla@xxxxxxxxxx
QAContact: qa@xxxxxxx
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I recently made the following experience:

I wanted to format an external harddrive (USB, GPT layout, former filesystem
HFS+, new filesystem ext3). I also, without thinking much about it, told YaST's
partitioner to "create a mountpoint" for this device.

Later on I cancelled the format operation, as it took too much time.

When trying to start the system the next time, booting always stopped when
mounting the devices in /etc/fstab, as it insisted that a fsck would be
necessary on the external harddrive. This failed as the superblock was not
available (quite plausible, as the harddisk was no longer connected, but trying
to reconnect in further boot trials didn't help either). Therefore the system
only booted into the console maintenance mode.

Restoring was only possible by removing the stale entry for the external hd
from /etc/fstab.

I don't know if it is expected behaviour to make the system unbootable because
of entries in /etc/fstab which are not available at the moment. Even if they
are obviously not relevant for the system. But as formatting an external hd is
something even non-experienced users will do now and then with YaST, I think
this should not happen.

Reproducible: Always

Expected Results:
Boot process should not be stopped because of fsck's on not available,
non-system-critical entries in /etc/fstab.

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