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FS#56624 - mkinitcpio: root device not mounted rw warning unreadable.

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Eric Toombs (ewtoombs) - Thursday, 07 December 2017, 21:54 GMT
Last edited by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Friday, 08 December 2017, 05:28 GMT
Task Type General Gripe
Category Arch Projects
Status Assigned
Assigned To Dave Reisner (falconindy)
Architecture All
Severity Very Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 1
Private No


mkinitcpio's warning that reads
********************** WARNING **********************
* *
* The root device is not configured to be mounted *
* read-write! It may be fsck'd again later. *
* *
is immediately buried in further messages and is impossible to read by humans. A delay after it is displayed would be nice. To figure out what it said, I had to grep the entire mkinitcpio package for '\*\*\*\*\*'. I'd call this a less than ideal method of communication with users.

Additional info:
* mkinitcpio version 24-2
* /usr/lib/initcpio/init_functions

Steps to reproduce:
Boot with a readonly root file system. In grub, that means adding 'ro' to the kernel params. In most other boot loaders, I think 'ro' is the default, so you'd be deleting 'rw'.

Try reading the warning message. On systems that boot very fast, or that boot without 'quiet' in the kernel params, it's impossible.
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