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[Bug 1577057] Re: zfs initrd script fails when rootdelay boot option is set


** Changed in: zfs-linux (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided => Medium

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  zfs initrd script fails when rootdelay boot option is set

Status in zfs-linux package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  It looks like that, when booting off zfs (zfs holds /boot) with the
  rootdelay boot option set, the boot process fails in the initrd fase,
  asking to manually import the pool using zpool import -f -R / -N. I
  only had one system with that parameter set, which I seldom reboot.

  I did not find an upstream reference of this bug or behavior.

  The error is caused by the fact the pool is already imported: "zpool
  status" executed on the initramfs prompt will correctly list the pool
  and all devices online. To continue, one has to export the pool, re-
  import it and exit the initramfs prompt after which regular booting
  continues. Not exporting and reimporting it leaves the pool readonly
  leading to boot errors further down the road (systemd units failing).

  I noticed zfs_autoimport_disable is set to 1 in the initramfs
  environment, so looking at /usr/share/initramfs-tools/scripts/zfs this
  section might be the issue (zpool import succeeding, but $ZFS_HEALTH
  never returning with the correct status (I'm not a programmer but
  perhaps ZFS_HEALTH is a local variable in the zfs_test_import


   if [ "$delay" -gt 0 ]
    # Try to import the pool read-only.  If it does not import with
    # the ONLINE status, wait and try again.  The pool could be
    # DEGRADED because a drive is really missing, or it might just
    # be slow to be detected.
    while [ "$retry_nr" -lt "$delay" ] && [ "$ZFS_HEALTH" != "ONLINE" ]
     [ "$quiet" != "y" ] && log_begin_msg "Retrying ZFS read-only import"
     /bin/sleep 1
     retry_nr=$(( $retry_nr + 1 ))
     [ "$quiet" != "y" ] && log_end_msg
    unset retry_nr
    unset ZFS_HEALTH
   unset delay

  Edit: to be clear: I removed the rootdelay parameter, regenerated the initrd, and was able to boot successfully afterwards.

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