Bug#651466: initramfs fails to start LVM half the time

Goswin von Brederlow goswin-v-b at web.de
Thu Dec 8 20:16:13 UTC 2011

Package: lvm2
Version: 2.02.88-1
Severity: important
File: /usr/share/initramfs-tools/scripts/local-top/lvm2


I recently moved the system from harddisk to an USB stick for a NAS
box. Now the problem seems to be that the USB stick takes rather long
to be detected and the partition show up only after lvm tries and
fails to find the volume group. So half the time the system doesn't

At boot I get a message:

[    7.512321] sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] Assuming drive cache: write through

If that message appears before lvm starts everything works. Otherwise
it only apears after lvm failed.

dmesg shows:

[    2.293502]  sdd1 sdd2
[    7.515732]  sde: sde1

So there is a significant delay for the USB stick (sde) to show up.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.1.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE (charmap=ISO-8859-1)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages lvm2 depends on:
ii  dmsetup             2:1.02.67-1  
ii  initscripts         2.88dsf-13.13
ii  libc6               2.13-21      
ii  libdevmapper1.02.1  2:1.02.67-1  
ii  libreadline5        5.2-11       
ii  libudev0            175-2        
ii  lsb-base            3.2-28       

lvm2 recommends no packages.

lvm2 suggests no packages.

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