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Bug#340436: marked as done (initrd-tools: Reboot with disk failure fails due to incorrect mdadm params in initrd)

Your message dated Mon, 05 May 2008 10:23:24 +0200
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and subject line initrd-tools has been removed from Debian, closing #340436
has caused the Debian Bug report #340436,
regarding initrd-tools: Reboot with disk failure fails due to incorrect mdadm params in initrd
to be marked as done.

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Package: initrd-tools
Severity: important

/usr/sbin/mkinitrd writes to initrd a file called script that enable the
md used for the root fs. This script fails to create the md because of 
incorrect parameters passed to mdadm.

The parameter passed to mdadm are:

mdadm -A $device -R -u $uuid $devices

that results in something like:

mdadm -A /dev/md0 -R -u bbbebd8c:3499f85b:693d5027:dfae9e91 /dev/hda1 \

There are two problems:

1) the first one is that it seems that mdadm doesn't interpreter well
the command in "-x" style and prefer the "--xyz" style.

2) if you don't force (--force) the creation of an md device, it fails
if one of the components doesn't exists.

To solve the problem I used:
mdadm --assemble $device --force --run -u $uuid $devices

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.8-2-686-smp
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages initrd-tools depends on:
ii  coreutils [fileutils]      5.2.1-2       The GNU core utilities
ii  cpio                       2.5-1.3       GNU cpio -- a program to manage ar
ii  cramfsprogs                1.1-6         Tools for CramFs (Compressed ROM F
ii  dash                       0.5.2-5       The Debian Almquist Shell
ii  util-linux                 2.12p-4sarge1 Miscellaneous system utilities

-- no debconf information

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The initrd-tools package has been removed from Debian testing, unstable and
experimental, so I am now closing the bugs that were still opened
against it.

For more information about this package's removal, read
http://bugs.debian.org/393092 . That bug might give the reasons why
this package was removed, and suggestions of possible replacements.

Don't hesitate to reply to this mail if you have any question.

Thank you for your contribution to Debian.

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