[Freedombox-discuss] Initramfs - incorrect root configured

Jonas Smedegaard jonas at jones.dk
Sat Sep 9 22:51:49 UTC 2017

Hi Dieter,

Quoting Dieter (2017-09-09 22:47:18)
> I'm having a somewhat weird issue with update-initramfs here.
> I have changed a lot in the configuration of my freedombox when it comes
> to partitions and hardware.
> No I'm currently facing this issue:
> update-initramfs creates the files /conf/conf.d/root in its initramfs.img.
> However, the content of the file "root" is plain wrong:
> root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/xxxxx
> as the UUID does not even exist on the system.
> the entry in the file "default_root", which seems to be created by
> flash-kernel is correct.
> I have looked through the config-files and scripts of initramfs-tools at
> least 3 times now, and still have not been able to find the cause for
> this wrong root entry.
> Does anybody have any idea?

FreedomBox is a subset of Debian with the aim of acting as a server for 
non-technical users, which implies eliminating the need for 

When you customize FreedomBox, you essentially convert your system back 
to a (non-FreedomBox) Debian system.

Concretely your best option for solving the issues you have with 
initramfs is therefore to use the Debian support fora - or if you 
suspect that you have discovered a bug then file a bugreport against the 
initramfs package and help the maintainers of that package to find a fix 
for it.

By no means do I mean to push you away from FreedomBox - quite the 
contrary: Any and all of your findings from your customixzations 
explorations that you think may be beneficial to FreedomBox - i.e. might 
be usable in some "frozen" form for systems without administration - 
would be awesome if you could share with the developers of FreedomBox!

I just mean to point out to you that developers of FreedomBox has a 
different (even opposite) focus than yours when you explore "turning 
lots of knobs" on your system.  Enjoy!

Kind regards,

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
 * Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

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