System Fails to boot with error "Failed to start Grow root filesystem" Resulting in dropping into a dracut shell.

Solution In Progress - Updated -


  • During the boot process, we see a system drop into a dracut shell.
  • On the screen, and also in the rdsosreport.txt file, we see the following error.
[FAILED] Failed to start Grow root filesystem.
See 'systemctl status growfs.service' for details.
[DEPEND] Dependency failed for Initrd Default Target.
[  OK  ] Stopped dracut pre-udev hook.
[  OK  ] Stopped target Basic System.
[  OK  ] Stopped dracut cmdline hook.
[  OK  ] Stopped target System Initialization.
[  OK  ] Stopped dracut initqueue hook.
         Starting Cleaning Up and Shutting Down Daemons...
         Starting Setup Virtual Console...
[FAILED] Failed to start Cleaning Up and Shutting Down Daemons.
See 'systemctl status initrd-cleanup.service' for details.
[  OK  ] Started Setup Virtual Console.
[  OK  ] Started Emergency Shell.
[  OK  ] Reached target Emergency Mode.

Generating "/run/initramfs/rdsosreport.txt"

Entering emergency mode. Exit the shell to continue.
Type "journalctl" to view system logs.
You might want to save "/run/initramfs/rdsosreport.txt" to a USB stick or /boot
after mounting them and attach it to a bug report.



  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL8
  • coreos-installer-bootinfra-0.9.1-17.el8

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