[rear-users] WG: recovery scenario

Gratien D'haese gratien.dhaese at it3.be
Thu Jun 6 15:54:59 CEST 2013

Concerning point 2 - indeed could be an issue when you only use mkrescue!
I would open an issue for this as a reminder for us so we can foresee a
mechanism to watch over changed initrd configs.
Excellent feedback - thanks,

On Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:58:58 +0200, <Tim.Einmahl at kba.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have found the reason for the kernel panics.
> The problem was, that I ran "rear mkrescue" on a server with
> lets say kernel version 1 and 2, while version 2 was active.
> After that, version 3 was added.
> The problem now was, that the rescue image of rear ran version 2 and
> the
> initram for it, but in /etc/grub.conf "default=0" was set, so after
> recovery kernel 3
> was booted, and that failed, because it's initrd hasn't been recreated.
> Sorry for all that confusion.
> But that leads me to additional questions:
> 1) wouldn't it be possible and useful to update any initrd 
> found in the recovered /etc/grub.conf automatically, so that it's
> to choose any kernel to boot on the recovered system?
> 2) Does rear always recreate only the initrd for the running rescue
> Couldn't that lead to the problem, that after a bunch of kernel updates,
> the backup no longer contains the old kernel version that the rescue
> system has 
> and so the recovered system would not boot any more. Afaik, rear only
> mkrescue
> if the disklayout hasn't chnged.
> Best regards
> Tim
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