System fails to boot and shows multipath error messages after updating kernel

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Issue

  • After updating the kernel from kernel-2.6.32-454.el6 (or earlier) to kernel-2.6.32-455.el6 (or later), systems with multipathed root and boot ATA devices fail to boot and show multipath: error getting device messages:

    kernel: device-mapper: table: 253:XX: multipath: error getting device
    kernel: device-mapper: ioctl: error adding target to table
    [...]
    dracut Warning: Boot has failed. To debug this issue add "rdshell" to the kernel command line.
    dracut Warning: Signal caught!
    dracut Warning: Boot has failed. To debug this issue add "rdshell" to the kernel command line.
    Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
    Call Trace:
    [c0000007fb613b10] [c000000000012ef4] .show_stack+0x74/0x1c0 (unreliable)
    [c0000007fb613bc0] [c0000000005e5a0c] .panic+0xc4/0x1f8
    [c0000007fb613c50] [c00000000009b5fc] .do_exit+0x87c/0x880
    [c0000007fb613d30] [c00000000009b650] .do_group_exit+0x50/0xf0
    [c0000007fb613dc0] [c00000000009b704] .SyS_exit_group+0x14/0x30
    [c0000007fb613e30] [c000000000008564] syscall_exit+0x0/0x40
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x
  • Device-Mapper-Multipath (DM-mulitpath)

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