Debian PowerPc installer initramfs-tools generates malformed yaboot.conf created when alternate partitions use UUID= in fstab

Rick Thomas rbthomas at
Mon Jun 28 05:30:38 EST 2010

This is reported as Debian bug #587290 -- please followup to the bug  

The generated /etc/yaboot.conf contains lines
	append="root=UUID ro"
for partitions that have their /etc/fstab root line using "UUID=... " .

This makes it impossible to boot into those partitions:
  the boot progresses to the point of trying to mount the root
  filesystem and dies with
	Begin: Running /scripts/local-premount ... done
	Mount: mounting UUID on /root failed: No such directory
  then a few more errors obviously caused by not having a mounted root
  and eventually dropping into the (initrd) BusyBox shell.

When I went back and changed the offending line to
	append="root=/dev/hda6 ro"
and reran ybin, everything was fine.

See bug # 580455 for another aspect of the switch to UUID naming being
broken on powerPC.



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