plymouth fsck suggests user skips mounting root FS on failiure

Bug #578184 reported by Martin Erik Werner on 2010-05-10
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
mountall (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: plymouth

When a filesystem check of the root (/) filesystem fails, interactive plymouth offers the alternative to skip (key s) the mounting of the filesystem.
But in the case of the root filesystem this will obviously always (?) cause boot to fail (as it were, with plymouth locking up at "searching for /tmp").

Because of this, plymouth should not suggest skipping mounting of the root filesystem when fsck fails.

Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2010-05-10
Changed in plymouth (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
Benjamin Kay (benkay) wrote :

Also, not sure if this should be a separate bug, but the user should never see the message "Serious errors were found while checking the disk drive..." unless fsck actually found serious errors while checking the filesystem. In the case described here, pressing c to cancel a routine fsck should resume normal startup without asking the user any more questions because fsck did not find any errors while checking the filesystem. Only in the very rare case that the user cancels the fsck *and* something is actually wrong with the fs should the user see the "Serious errors..." message. And I agree that, when that happens, naively offering the user the option of not mounting / is probably not the most appropriate course of action.

Martin Erik Werner (arand) wrote :

Yea, the whole fsck failed should be a separate issue. I've updated description to match "...when fsck fails".

Which makes this particular bug a rather minor issue in itself.

description: updated
summary: - plymouth fsck suggests user skips mounting root FS
+ plymouth fsck suggests user skips mounting root FS on failiure
svaens (svaens) wrote :

I cancelled the disk check process, and (i think) because of this it presented me with the claim of "serious errors" on the disk. Another disk check proved that claim wrong.

Martin Erik Werner (arand) wrote :

The error in itself is due to an unrelated issue in e2fsprogs: Bug #582035

This bug only concerns the suggestion to skip the root FS when the error is seen, NOT the error in itself.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2011-01-21
affects: plymouth (Ubuntu) → mountall (Ubuntu)
anil (rakhianil2003) wrote :

fsck.ext4: Imode bitmap not loaded while setting block group checksum info

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