RHEL 5 system with boot from multipath device is unable to boot with newly created initrd image

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Issue

  • The system is configured to boot from SAN, after recreating the initrd image system is unable to boot and shows following error messages on the console:

    i8042.c: No controller found.
    Red Hat nash version 5.1.19.6 starting
    megasas: INIT adapter done
        Reading all Physical volumes. This may take a while...
        No volume groups found
        Volume group "rootvg" not found
        Volume group "swapvg" not found
    Unable to access resume device (/dev/mapper/swapvg-swapvol1)
    mount: could not find filesystem '/dev/root'
    setuproot: moving /dev/ failed: No such file or directory
    setuproot: error mounting /proc: No such file or directory
    setuproot: error mounting /sys: No such file or directory
    switchroot: mount failed: No such file or directory00-93000
    Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
    
  • This issue is observed only while booting the system with new initrd image, there is no issue observed while booting with older initrd

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Update 6 or later
  • mkinitrd version older than v5.1.19.6-75
  • Boot from SAN

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