ia32el errormessage

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


The following is valid only for the ia64 architecture and if the server had originally been installed as SLES10 SP2 GA.

A SLES10 SP2 had been updated to either latest maintenance patchlevel, SLES10-SP3, SLES11 or SLES11-SP1.

Ever since, every invocation of chkconfig or insserv produces an awkward message regarding ia32el:

# chkconfig ia32el
ia32el  235B

instead of the expected:

ia32el on

Reason is that during the SP2 lifecycle ia32el changed from rc?.d to a bootscript.
insserv can't handle that cleanly and the old links in e.g. /etc/init.d/rc3.d/ are not removed.


SUSE Engineering is aware of this.
Resolution is easy, manually remove the old links like:

rm  /etc/init.d/rc?.d/*ia32el

After that chkconfig reports:

# chkconfig ia32el
ia32el  on


Additional Information

the SLES10-SP2 GA version of ia32el creates startlinks according to it's LSB header in /etc/init.d/ia32el:


# Provides:          ia32el
# Default-Start:     2 3 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6

and creates e.g.

:~ # l /etc/init.d/rc?.d/*ia32el
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-12-27 12:56 /etc/init.d/rc2.d/K11ia32el -> ../ia32el*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-12-27 12:56 /etc/init.d/rc2.d/S11ia32el -> ../ia32el*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-12-27 12:56 /etc/init.d/rc3.d/K11ia32el -> ../ia32el*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-12-27 12:56 /etc/init.d/rc3.d/S11ia32el -> ../ia32el*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-12-27 12:56 /etc/init.d/rc5.d/K11ia32el -> ../ia32el*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-12-27 12:56 /etc/init.d/rc5.d/S11ia32el -> ../ia32el*

With the update to ia32el-7042_7022-0.4.2
the initscript had been switched to a bootscript

# Provides:          ia32el
# Required-Start:    $local_fs
# Required-Stop:     $local_fs
# Default-Start:     B
# Default-Stop:

but the old start and kill links in rc[2|3|5].d were not removed during the
update since insserv had no information that there were any. chkconfig now shows (correctly):

 # chkconfig ia32el
ia32el  235B

only insserv complains (but also correctly):

# insserv -r ia32el
# insserv ia32el
insserv: Warning, current runlevel(s) of script `ia32el' overwrites defaults.

This is just a minor issue and besides the warnings no problems are introduced.


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  • Document ID:7007696
  • Creation Date: 27-Jan-2011
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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