Bootscripts and error handling

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Fri Jul 8 15:55:09 PDT 2011

I've been working on bootscripts.  Basically, I'm rewriting them to get 
a better understanding.  I may end up throwing them out completely but I 
want to discuss the issue of error handling.

There are three bootscript files that use the

   read ENTER

construct:  checkfs, udev, and functions.

In the case of functions, the construct is used in print_error_msg that 
is only called from the rc script.  It is not a fatal function.

In checkfs, the construct is called in three different places.  In two 
places it is followed immediately by a halt and one place a reboot.

In udev, the construct is called in two places. In both cases, it is 
followed by a halt.

The question is how to handle these errors in a headless or keyboardless 
  system.  The problems identified are pretty serious and it's doubtful 
anything could be written to the disk.

I'm thinking about moving the messages/halt/reboot to the functions 
script so they all can be handled in one place.   If we then have the 
functions script do:

[ -e /etc/sysconfig/init_params ]  && . /etc/sysconfig/init_params

then when we want to optionally stop for the user to read something:

# Wait for the user by default
[ "${HEADLESS=0}" = "0" ] && read ENTER

To disable the need for a keyboard entry, the /etc/sysconfig/init_params 
file would define the following:



The above would only apply to LFS bootscripts.  I can't think of 
anything from BLFS or a third party that would need to stop the boot 
sequence to wait for the user to read a message.

Should we integrate this into the LFS bootscripts?

   -- Bruce

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