RHEL 7 prints "dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts" messages in loop while booting

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Issue

  • Messages "dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts" are printed loop while booting then an Emergency shell is launched:

    [  193.845250]  dracut-initqueue[779]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts
    [...]
    [  198.557262]  dracut-initqueue[779]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts
    [  198.557679]  dracut-initqueue[779]: Warning: Could not boot.
    [  200.161146]  dracut-initqueue[779]: Warning: /dev/vgroot/root does not exist
    [  200.170895]  systemd[1]: Starting Dracut Emergency Shell...
    
  • Messages "dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts" are printed loop while booting then boot continues:

    [  193.845250]  dracut-initqueue[779]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts
    [...]
    [  198.557262]  dracut-initqueue[779]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts
    [...]
    ... Boot continues ...
    
  • Shutdown command reboot -r or shutdown -r takes a very long time or reboot never happens
  • After updating to the latest kernel, the system is not coming up, but it loads fine with the old kernel. This error is shown:

    dracut-initqueue timeout could not boot
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7

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