[CentOS] raid1 custom initrd and yum

Fri Apr 4 05:54:45 UTC 2008
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Sam Beam wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 April 2008 01:07, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> First cut - in your recovery shell, comment out /home from /etc/fstab
>> and see if you can come up without it (log in as root, of course).  That
>> will at least give you a fairly normal environment to try to figure out
>> why the md1 device is getting assembled but the /dev/md1 node isn't
>> created for it.
> Thanks Les, that was very helpful (and I should have thought of it...). But 
> then it gets weird again:
> I commented out the /dev/md1 line and the system came all the way up to the 
> login prompt. Great! I thought. Enter the root password and...
> kingkong login: root
> Password: xxxxxx
> Last login: Tue Dec  3 13:58:11 2002
> /bin/bash: Permission denied
> doh! well of course I have done nothing special to the permissions there or 
> anywhere else. I can see all the console boot messages and they all look 
> normal.
> Booted into single user mode, and that works. /bin/bash has normal perms and 
> all seems well. What's more, I was able to mount /dev/md1 on /home and it 
> didn't complain. Then I un-commented the line in fstab, rebooted and it 
> worked all the way up to the login prompt, it now uses all 3 md devices 
> happily. But then, "Permission denied" is all I get. Nice system but it makes 
> it hard to maintain when even root can't log in.
> Could there be some disk error? I have never had so much bizarre behavior from 
> one system. Ready to chuck it out the window.
> Is there anything else I can try to see what's up?

Is SELinux enabled?  There's some black magic command to make it rebuild 
its labels when it is not happy.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com