Booting in recovery mode stops at "Loading Initial Ramdisk"

Bug #863524 reported by komputes on 2011-09-30
This bug report is a duplicate of:  Bug #854967: boot to rescue mode in Oneiric. Edit Remove
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)
Medium
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Bug Description

Recovery mode gets stuck on "Loading Initial Ramdisk". This used to happen consistently, with latest updates only happens once in a while.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: friendly-recovery 0.2.18
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.19-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic i686
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu2
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Sep 30 13:36:08 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Beta i386 (20110913)
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_CA:en
 LANG=en_CA.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: friendly-recovery
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-09-30 (0 days ago)
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AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.24.
AplayDevices:
 **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
 card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC268 Analog [ALC268 Analog]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu2
Architecture: i386
ArecordDevices:
 **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
 card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC268 Analog [ALC268 Analog]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
AudioDevicesInUse:
 USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
 /dev/snd/controlC0: ubuntu 2113 F.... pulseaudio
                      ubuntu 2180 F.... xfce4-volumed
CRDA: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
Card0.Amixer.info:
 Card hw:0 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0xf0540000 irq 44'
   Mixer name : 'Realtek ALC268'
   Components : 'HDA:10ec0268,102802b0,00100101'
   Controls : 14
   Simple ctrls : 9
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=e9555bf9-97c6-4009-a191-5ac540453348
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Alpha i386 (20110817)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Inspiron 910
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Package: linux (not installed)
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-12-generic root=UUID=26fea171-547a-442d-9d22-2990f283c12c ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.19-generic 3.0.4
RelatedPackageVersions:
 linux-restricted-modules-3.0.0-12-generic N/A
 linux-backports-modules-3.0.0-12-generic N/A
 linux-firmware 1.60
Tags: oneiric
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic i686
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-04 (0 days ago)
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout lpadmin plugdev sambashare
WifiSyslog:
 Oct 5 15:04:24 ubuntu kernel: [12090.296265] CE: hpet increased min_delta_ns to 20113 nsec
 Oct 5 15:27:28 ubuntu wpa_supplicant[829]: WPA: Group rekeying completed with 68:7f:74:1b:79:84 [GTK=TKIP]
 Oct 5 16:27:30 ubuntu wpa_supplicant[829]: WPA: Group rekeying completed with 68:7f:74:1b:79:84 [GTK=TKIP]
 Oct 5 17:27:31 ubuntu wpa_supplicant[829]: WPA: Group rekeying completed with 68:7f:74:1b:79:84 [GTK=TKIP]
dmi.bios.date: 09/15/2008
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A01
dmi.board.name: CN086A
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A01
dmi.chassis.type: 8
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: A01
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA01:bd09/15/2008:svnDellInc.:pnInspiron910:pvrA01:rvnDellInc.:rnCN086A:rvrA01:cvnDellInc.:ct8:cvrA01:
dmi.product.name: Inspiron 910
dmi.product.version: A01
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

komputes (komputes) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in friendly-recovery (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

> Recovery mode gets stuck on "Loading Initial Ramdisk". This used
> to happen consistently, with latest updates only happens once in a
> while (indicative of a race condition that does not alway end in the same order).

There is no particular evidence of this being a race condition of any kind. The point at which this stops is at the boundary when the bootloader passes control to the kernel; there are some different video-related options being set for recovery mode vs. regular mode, but that's because the ones used for recovery mode are *supposed* to be more failsafe.

So I'm reassigning this bug to the kernel, and updating the bug description to match. Please file separate bug reports for each of the other issues you've mentioned here, as originally requested.

And for the record, I can also reproduce the sometimes-hang when booting in recovery mode here.

description: updated
affects: friendly-recovery (Ubuntu) → linux (Ubuntu)
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → New

This bug is missing log files that will aid in diagnosing the problem. From a terminal window please run:

apport-collect 863524

and then change the status of the bug to 'Confirmed'.

If, due to the nature of the issue you have encountered, you are unable to run this command, please add a comment stating that fact and change the bug status to 'Confirmed'.

This change has been made by an automated script, maintained by the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2011-09-30
summary: - friendly-recovery changes in oneiric adds complication
+ Booting in recovery mode stops at "Loading Initial Ramdisk"
Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2011-09-30
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

This is likely to be a duplicate of bug #863719/854967.

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description: updated

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komputes (komputes) on 2011-10-05
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
komputes (komputes) wrote :

Updated and tested multiple times without being able to reproduce.

Closing this for now. Will reopen if I'm able to reproduce.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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