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Root disk mounted as Read-Only prevents system from booting

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)


A recently updated/patched SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 server, configured to boot from Software RAID is booting into the "repair filesystem" stage. 

The system was checked and repaired, but upon booting, entered the "repair filesystem" stage again.
Despite all File system checks and repair efforts, the root disk remained stayed marked as Read-Only. 

Using the SLES DVD to boot into "Rescue Mode", the root disk could be mounted as Read-Write (RW) without any problems. 


There are two options: 
  1. Use mdadm-3.3.1-10.13.1 
  2. Install the newer version: mdadm-3.3.1-10.27.4 which is available in the  SLES11-SP4-LTSS-Updates repository
Since the system is not booting, the work around for this problem is achieved as follows :
  1. Boot the system from SLES DVD and select Rescue Mode
  2. Change root ins rescue mode : See TID 7018126
  3. Mount SLES DVD like step 3 in : TID 7021125
  4. Remove the current installed mdadm from the system: rpm -e mdadm 
  5. Install the mdadm-3.3.1-5.7 from SLES DVD as this: rpm -Uhv --force --oldpackage /path-to-sles-dvd/suse/x86_64/mdadm-*.rpm
  6. Reboot the system


Since the system is booting from Software RAID, the system needs to use mdadm. 
The latest mdadm for SLES 11 SP4 (mdadm-3.3.1-10.18.1) not working probably with certain hardware.

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  • Document ID:7024031
  • Creation Date: 24-Jul-2019
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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