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Bug#801961: debian stretch amd64 netinst: no xfsprogs. xfs on root fails to boot.


Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> (2015-10-17):
> I've cloned this bug report and move the new bug over to the grub-pc
> package now, to help us track it. Until that's fixed, it's probably
> worth us adding a check in d-i and recommending the use of a /boot
> partition with XFS for now. KiBi: what do you think about that?

I have only very limited (mental) bandwidth for that right now but from
a quick look, that doesn't look like a bad idea.

> >Booting to new install fails with message:
> >
> >"systemd[1]: /etc/mtab is not a symlink or not pointing
> >to /proc/self/mounts.  This is not supported anymore.  Please
> >replace /etc/mtab with a symlink to /proc/self/mounts.
> >systemd[1]: Freezing execution." (timestamps omitted)
> ACK - I've just seen that mentioned in another bug log elsewhere today
> (#802025 - a stupid systemd mis-feature to hang hard here,
> sigh). Currently grub-installer (at the very least) faithfully updates
> /etc/mtab during d-i, and I guess we should also change that
> too. Maybe just simply rm /target/etc/mtab as part of d-i
> finalisation. KiBi?

TBH I have no idea what d-i is doing at the moment; I thought we have
/etc/mtab a symlink to /proc/mounts, at least in installed systems? This
seems to be the case here on multiple systems at least:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 12 Aug 12 20:41 /etc/mtab -> /proc/mounts

I realize this doesn't immediately answer your question, just


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