automatic reboot fails with zero size initrd in bbb

Bug #1480248 reported by Federico Gimenez on 2015-07-31
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Bug Description

Tested on rolling/edge #119 beagleboneblack. Steps to reproduce:

Begin with an upgradable image

$ sudo ubuntu-device-flash --revion -1 core --channel=edge --oem beagleblack --developer-mode -o bbb.img rolling

Put the image in a sd card and boot

$ sudo dd if=./bbb.img of=/dev/<sd-dev> bs=32M


$ ssh ubuntu@<bbb-ip>
$ sudo snappy update

Remove the initrd file in the other partition and create a zero size file:

$ sudo rm /boot/uboot/b/initrd.img
$ sudo touch /boot/uboot/b/initrd.img


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Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

I can confirm this, here is the output I see:
reading b/vmlinuz
6517632 bytes read in 382 ms (16.3 MiB/s)
reading b/initrd.img
0 bytes read in 5 ms (0 Bytes/s)
reading b/dtbs/am335x-boneblack.dtb
30025 bytes read in 13 ms (2.2 MiB/s)
Kernel image @ 0x82000000 [ 0x000000 - 0x637380 ]
## Flattened Device Tree blob at 88000000
   Booting using the fdt blob at 0x88000000
   Loading Ramdisk to 90000000, end 90000000 ... OK
   Loading Device Tree to 8fff5000, end 8ffff548 ... OK

Starting kernel ...
[ 1.664150] sr_init: platform driver register failed for SR
[ 1.675159] ALSA device list:
[ 1.678350] No soundcards found.
[ 1.682530] md: Waiting for all devices to be available before autodetect
[ 1.689717] md: If you don't use raid, use raid=noautodetect
[ 1.696746] md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
[ 1.701125] md: Scanned 0 and added 0 devices.
[ 1.705791] md: autorun ...
[ 1.708709] md: ... autorun DONE.
[ 1.712487] Waiting for root device /dev/disk/by-label/system-b...
and then it hangs forever.

This looks like a kernel issue to me, i.e. it should error/panic on a invalid initrd.img.

Changed in snappy:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Critical
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Added Paolo to get the opinion of a kernel expert.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Kudos to ogra, removing "mmcrootfstype" from the uboot.env fixes the hang.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks Leo, good catch!

Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2015-08-26
tags: added: snappy-robustness
Leo Arias (elopio) on 2015-08-27
Changed in snappy:
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Leo Arias (elopio) wrote :

Confirmed the fix on rev 149, bbb oem 1.12. Thanks!

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