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FS#39564 - [systemd] a start job is running for dev-mapper-home

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Lukas B (teateawhy) - Friday, 21 March 2014, 10:16 GMT
Last edited by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Saturday, 05 April 2014, 16:47 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Upstream Bugs
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Dave Reisner (falconindy)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No


During boot sytemd's start messages are shown, even if 'quiet' is specified on the kernel commandline.
Instead of showing a password prompt for dev-mapper-home, the following message appears:

"A start job is running for dev-mapper-home (1s / no limit)"

When typing in the password, '*' characters appear, but are repeatedly overwritten by this message, so one must type in the password blindly.
The encrypted container unlocks successfully and boot continues properly afterwards.
This is purely a visual problem of it showing the wrong message instead of the "enter password" prompt and not respecting the 'quiet' option.

Forum thread:

package version: systemd 211-1

Steps to reproduce:
Configure /etc/crypttab, reboot.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Dave Reisner (falconindy)
Saturday, 05 April 2014, 16:47 GMT
Reason for closing:  Not a bug
Additional comments about closing:  Limitation in the implementation of the console password client
Comment by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Friday, 21 March 2014, 16:10 GMT
This is not a packaging bug, there is nothing to do here. Please report to upstream if you think that this is a bug or a feature when systemd-ask-password is run.

PS: This is more funny if you want to mount / from an encrypted device on initramfs, you can see two of these "waiting" messages overwriting among themselves.
Comment by Thomas Bächler (brain0) - Tuesday, 01 April 2014, 10:55 GMT
Right now, this can only be solved by using plymouth. plymouth offers a "pretty" password agent that will offer a proper prompt.
Comment by Ido Nthav Eone (btelg) - Thursday, 03 April 2014, 05:33 GMT
I have the same problem. The workaround I have applied is as follows:

- Create a hook file containing the open command:

# vi /lib/initcpio/hooks/openhome
# vim: set ft=sh:
run_hook ()
cryptsetup open --type luks /dev/<device> home

- Then create and edit the hook setup file:

#vi /lib/initcpio/install/openhome
# vim: set ft=sh:
build ()
help ()
This opens the home encrypted partition /dev/<device> in /dev/mapper/home

- Add the hook openhome in the HOOKS array in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf, before filesystem but after encrypt.

#vi /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
HOOKS="...lvm2 encrypt openhome filesystems ..."

- Add home to /etc/fstab:

#vi /etc/fstab
# home
/dev/mapper/home /home <filesystem> rw,relatime,data=ordered 0 2

- Delete any entry for home in /etc/crypttab

- Then re-create the initcpio:
# mkinitcpio -p linux

I am using LUKS on LVM but I guess it works if not using LVM at all (just remove lvm2 in the hooks array in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf). This is based on Swap Encryption found here:
Comment by Thomas Bächler (brain0) - Thursday, 03 April 2014, 08:14 GMT
I remembered the problem in systemd: When there is a problem, systemd starts ignoring the 'quiet' option and goes starts printing more verbose messages. Now, a start job running for too long is interpreted as a problem in systemd.

As I said, this needs to be solved by adding a password agent that hides the console output and will not be disturbed by these messages. Can anyone try setting up plymouth for this purpose? I never did this, but I heard it's a good solution.
Comment by Ido Nthav Eone (btelg) - Saturday, 05 April 2014, 05:45 GMT
I have installed plymouth-git from AUR. And yes, it worked. I attach the image file prompting for a password in playmouth.