systemd fail-to-boot in rawhide

Matthew Miller mattdm at
Mon Feb 21 06:38:12 UTC 2011

Updated to this morning's rawhide. Rebooted. Now, I get to mounting my
filesystems, which works succesfully, and then it just sits there.

If I hit control-alt-delete, some text comes up, ending with "Starting
Notify Audit System and Update UTMP about System Shutdown..." and it just
hangs there. I can hit ctrl-alt-delete and get more, different output.

If I try to boot to runlevel 1, it gets to "starting Wait for storage scan"
and then "Starting Initialize storage subsystems (RAID, LVM, etc.)..." and
then hangs. This shouldn't be hard on this system, since, while I am using
software raid, I'm not doing anything crazy. If I hit ctrl-alt-delete there,
after a long wait, I get some more text ending with "Rebooting..." on the
screen alone, but no *actual* rebooting.

I can boot with /bin/bash, but then what?

How do I even go about diagnosing this?

Matthew Miller <mattdm at>
Senior Systems Architect -- Instructional & Research Computing Services
Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

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