[PVE-User] zfs root after last update grub unknown filesystem

Gianni Milo gianni.milo22 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 14 00:16:13 CEST 2020


GRUB does not support all zfs features, so it's quite common for it to fail
to recognise the rpool during boot if it has a feature which is
incompatible with it. In your case, I believe that is the "encyption"
feature.
Do you recall the issue starting after enabling encryption on rpool/data
dataset? If so, you may have to rebuild the pool and leave rpool/data
unencrypted.
 Note that even though you enabled encryption only on rpool/data, the
feature will take effect at the pool level, hence the GRUB issue you
are facing.
Because of this issue, people have started using a separate boot pool
(bpool), with limited zfs features enabled and a different data pool
(rpool) for the OS and the data. I believe that the PVE installer should be
modified to follow this approach (if it hasn't done it already) to overcome
similar issues.

Gianni


On Sun, 13 Sep 2020 at 22:29, Stephan Leemburg <sleemburg at it-functions.nl>
wrote:

> Hi All,
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> I have a proxmox system at netcup that was clean installed about two
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> weeks ago.
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> It is full zfs, so root on zfs. I am migrating from one netcup system
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> with less storage to this system.
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> This system is using the pve-no-subscription repository, but after
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> migration I will move the subscription from the 'old' system to this
> system.
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> The rpool/data dataset is zfs encrypted.
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> Today I did zfs send/recv from the 'old' system to this system to the
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> rpool/data dataset.
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> After that I did an apt update and noticed there where updates available.
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> After the upgrade and the mandatory reboot, the system does not come up
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> anymore. It is stuck in grub rescue.
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> Grub mentions that it has a 'unknown filesystem'.
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> Has anyone else experienced this same situation?
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> If so and you could recover, what was the reason and fix?
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> I am still researching what is causing this. If I boot a .iso then I can
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> import the pool and see all datasets and subvolumes.
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> So, it seems that the zpool itself and the datasets are ok, it is just
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> that grub is unable to recognize them for some reason.
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> I have read about other situations like this where large_dnode seemed to
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> be the cause. I noticed that on the zpool large_dnode is enabled. And it
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> is a creation only setting. It cannot be changed to disabled afterwards.
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> This must have been done by the Proxmox installer. As booting is about
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> the root filesystem, I guess the zfs send / recv to the rpool/data
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> dataset would have nothing to do with it, but I could be wrong.
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> I will continue my research tomorrow evening after some other
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> obligations, but if anyone has an idea, please share it. If it is just
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> how to get more debugging info out of the zfs module in grub.
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> Because 'unknown filesystem', with the zfs module loaded is kind of not
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> helping enough..
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> Best regards,
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> Stephan
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