[SATLUG] Centos installation issue

Mark Mayfield mayfield_mark at gvtc.com
Sun Dec 21 15:40:34 CST 2014

It probably didn't prevent the installer from creating the directories 
but if the correct driver isn't in the initrd it wouldn't be able to 
find them. I've seen this happen a couple of times but not often. I 
would boot a live cd and try and mount the root directory, that way you 
can verify the install. I think the last time I had that happen I booted 
into a live disk, mounted the system partitions, created a chroot to the 
system root with the boot partition mounted to boot subdir and recreated 
the initrd, verifying the boot loader references the new initrd after 

On 12/21/2014 02:51 PM, Alan Lesmerises wrote:
> It's an HP P800 controller.  I know that there's something "different" 
> about it, but what I can't understand is how would that impact the 
> installer and keep it from creating such key directories as root & 
> swap?  The bootloader was clearly able to find and load the kernel and 
> other basic components at boot time to get me to the point where it 
> gave me that error message ... ???
> Al Lesmerises
> On 12/21/2014 2:26 PM, Kevin Buckner wrote:
>> It seems to be a device driver issue for your particular Raid 
>> controller.
>> What kind of controller is it?
>> Once you find out then try and find if packages for your device 
>> driver are
>> available online. Then you may have to setup in single user mode.
>> On Dec 19, 2014 8:44 AM, "Borries Demeler" <demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu>
>> wrote:
>>> It's possible the initrd that was copied to the harddrive does not
>>> include a module for your raid controller. I've run into this chicken &
>> egg
>>> problem before, you would somehow have to get a proper version. Of
>>> course there are other possibilities as well.
>>> -b.
>>> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 08:54:53PM -0600, Alan Lesmerises wrote:
>>>> I'm trying to set-up an HP ProLiant DL380 G5 server with Centos 7,
>>>> and I've run into a problem that I don't know what to think of, or
>>>> how to address it.
>>>> I've installed the exact same version of Centos a few times before
>>>> with no problems ever.  Yet when I installed in on this server, it
>>>> completes the initial install and reboots, only to crash (and go the
>>>> shell prompt) with the following errors (abbreviated here):
>>>> fsck: error 2
>>>> could not boot
>>>> /dev/centos/root does not exist
>>>> /dev/centos/swap does not exist
>>>> /dev/centos/by-uuid/[_a_very_long_hex_string_] does not exist
>>>> I googled this issue but came up empty (at least as far as the
>>>> particular problem I'm having).
>>>> The only thing about this installation that's different than
>>>> previous times is that the P800 RAID controller in the server is not
>>>> recognized automatically by the installer.  I had to add a couple of
>>>> extra parameters at the initial boot-up so the installer could see
>>>> the logical drives defined by the controller:
>>>> hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1 and hpsa.hpsa_simple_mode=1
>>>> As I understand it, it seems that the controller hardware uses a
>>>> technology (?) that's no longer in vogue.
>>>> Does any of this look familiar to anyone?  Any recommendations on
>>>> how to fix this?
>>>> Al Lesmerises
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