Commit 4dfe694f authored by Paul Gortmaker's avatar Paul Gortmaker Committed by Linus Torvalds

init: make rootdelay=N consistent with rootwait behaviour

Currently rootdelay=N and rootwait behave differently (aside from the
obvious unbounded wait duration) because they are at different places in
the init sequence.

The difference manifests itself for md devices because the call to
md_run_setup() lives between rootdelay and rootwait, so if you try to use
rootdelay=20 to try and allow a slow RAID0 array to assemble, you get

[    4.526011] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk
[   22.972079] md: Waiting for all devices to be available before autodetect

i.e.  you've achieved nothing other than delaying the probing 20s, when
what you wanted was a 20s delay _after_ the probing for md devices was

Here we move the rootdelay code to be right beside the rootwait code, so
that their behaviour is consistent.

It should be noted that in doing so, the actions based on the
saved_root_name[0] and initrd_load() were previously put on hold by
rootdelay=N and now currently will not be delayed.  However, I think
consistent behaviour is more important than matching historical behaviour
of delaying the above two operations.
Signed-off-by: default avatarPaul Gortmaker <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 6f4535ed
......@@ -539,12 +539,6 @@ void __init prepare_namespace(void)
int is_floppy;
if (root_delay) {
printk(KERN_INFO "Waiting %d sec before mounting root device...\n",
* wait for the known devices to complete their probing
......@@ -571,6 +565,12 @@ void __init prepare_namespace(void)
if (initrd_load())
goto out;
if (root_delay) {
pr_info("Waiting %d sec before mounting root device...\n",
/* wait for any asynchronous scanning to complete */
if ((ROOT_DEV == 0) && root_wait) {
printk(KERN_INFO "Waiting for root device %s...\n",
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