How to specify custom mount options for root filesystem

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12

Situation

Mount options specified in /etc/fstab are not set for the root filesystem after performing a reboot.

Resolution

On specific mount options (options that can not be activated via a remount) on the root file system (only on /), the mount option(s) have to be specified on the kernel command line, via the grub2 bootloader.

While SUSE is in the process of developing a final fix for this, a workaround would be to:

Edit the grub2 boot loader config at /etc/default/grub and add the:
rootflags=
option with the file system flag added to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="" variable, for example:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="rootflags=discard"
Make sure to run:
grup2-install
or
grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub2.cfg
afterwards to enable these settings.

Cause

The systemd fstab generator, used to mount the root filesystem, only takes into account the mount options specified in the kernel command line through the "rootflags=" variable.
If this variable is not specified, the root filesystem is mounted firstly with the default mount options and then remounted with the options specified in /etc/fstab.
However, some filesystems (e.g. XFS) do not support changing the mount options during remount.
Thus the settings in /etc/fstab are ignored.

Additional Information


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  • Document ID:7016840
  • Creation Date: 17-Sep-2015
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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