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bug#30760: guix system init broken on non GuixSD

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#30760: guix system init broken on non GuixSD
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:42:37 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)


Danny Milosavljevic <address@hidden> skribis:

> there's a problem with check-device-initrd-modules: on "guix system init"
> it doesn't get linux-module-directory and doesn't pass it on to 
> matching-modules.
> matching-modules then eventually defaults to (current-alias-file) - which is 
> not
> found on a non-GuixSD system.


> Would it be possible to get rid of the defaults in 
> gnu/build/linux-modules.scm ?
> I don't think those are safe or useful for our requirements.  I've had to work
> around those before.
> check-initrd-modules could use the initrd's new kernel modules to find
> out which modules to include (after all).
> Then we could also check the dependencies directly in the new Linux kernel
> modules and all in all it would be safer.

It would be safer indeed, but we’d have to build the kernel and
everything before we can make a diagnostic.  That would lead to a weird
user experience, similar to what we currently see with grafts (things
are built/downloader, and later on you get a message about what’s going
to be built.)

The current tradeoff is to make that diagnostic based on the running
kernel, even if it’s an approximation.

If that’s fine with you I’d like to fix this bug with the conservative
patch below.



diff --git a/gnu/build/linux-modules.scm b/gnu/build/linux-modules.scm
index 4fe673cca..8cae4fb63 100644
--- a/gnu/build/linux-modules.scm
+++ b/gnu/build/linux-modules.scm
@@ -40,6 +40,7 @@
+            current-alias-file
diff --git a/gnu/system/linux-initrd.scm b/gnu/system/linux-initrd.scm
index 1eb5f5130..16a8c4375 100644
--- a/gnu/system/linux-initrd.scm
+++ b/gnu/system/linux-initrd.scm
@@ -353,17 +353,27 @@ loaded at boot time in the order in which they appear."
 (define (check-device-initrd-modules device linux-modules location)
   "Raise an error if DEVICE needs modules beyond LINUX-MODULES to operate.
 DEVICE must be a \"/dev\" file name."
-  (let ((modules (delete-duplicates
-                  (append-map matching-modules
-                              (device-module-aliases device)))))
-    (unless (every (cute member <> linux-modules) modules)
-      (raise (condition
-              (&message
-               (message (format #f (G_ "you may need these modules \
+  (define aliases
+    ;; Attempt to load 'modules.alias' from the current kernel, assuming we're
+    ;; on GuixSD, and assuming that corresponds to the kernel we'll be
+    ;; installing.  Skip the whole thing if that file cannot be read.
+    (catch 'system-error
+      (lambda ()
+        (known-module-aliases))
+      (const #f)))
+  (when aliases
+    (let ((modules (delete-duplicates
+                    (append-map (cut matching-modules <> aliases)
+                                (device-module-aliases device)))))
+      (unless (every (cute member <> linux-modules) modules)
+        (raise (condition
+                (&message
+                 (message (format #f (G_ "you may need these modules \
 in the initrd for ~a:~{ ~a~}")
-                                device modules)))
-              (&fix-hint
-               (hint (format #f (G_ "Try adding them to the
+                                  device modules)))
+                (&fix-hint
+                 (hint (format #f (G_ "Try adding them to the
 @code{initrd-modules} field of your @code{operating-system} declaration, along
 these lines:
@@ -373,8 +383,8 @@ these lines:
    (initrd-modules (append (list~{ ~s~})
 @end example\n")
-                             modules)))
-              (&error-location
-               (location (source-properties->location location))))))))
+                               modules)))
+                (&error-location
+                 (location (source-properties->location location)))))))))
 ;;; linux-initrd.scm ends here

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