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SubjectRe: USB stick as root device does not work
On Mon, 23 May 2011, Randy Dunlap wrote:

> [adding cc: of linux-usb mailing list]

Better to ask people familiar with the block layer (CC'ed).

Alan Stern

> On Sun, 22 May 2011 16:13:17 +0200 Micha Nelissen wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > Using USB stick as root device does not work for me. I specify
> > 'root=/dev/sdb1 rootwait' on the kernel commandline, but the kernel does
> > not wait for the USB stick to be scanned and its partitions found. I
> > have a harddisk which is /dev/sda, and this USB stick would be /dev/sdb.
> >
> > I think blk_lookup_devt returns the block device number even if it does
> > not exist yet, and init/do_mounts.c:473 therefore skips waiting:
> >
> > if ((ROOT_DEV == 0) && root_wait) {
> >
> > due to ROOT_DEV having become non-zero already.
> >
> > If I use the commandline: 'root=/dev/sdb1 rootdelay=5' then it does
> > mount and boot properly. However, using rootwait seems safer and faster
> > to me, that it's meant for this use case.
> >
> > Thanks for any pointers,
> >
> > Micha
> > --
>
> ---
> ~Randy
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