Posts Tagged ‘Mondorescue’

Meet at the RMLL 2017


This year the RMLL are coming back, from the 1st to the 7th of July and in my region, in St Etienne ! And this year, I am not only a speaker, but also a co-track leader for the Server track.

With my talks, You’ll be able to learn about the latest news for MondoRescue,, Docker, Redfish and python-redfish, Mageia and much more from my co-speakers (Ethereum, CMS, Cloud Native app, Unikernels, …) and even more from Keynote speakers as well.

Lodging is now available, so book quickly and let meet us there !

MondoRescue 3.3.0 on its way


Well, it’s time for gifts no ? So I passed some days last week to go back to various problems reported, in order to solve them.

The most tricky was mindi-busybox not able to compile on recent distros such as Ubuntu 16 or Fedora 24 (glibc changes in them made that incompatibility). I made tries with busybox 1.25 and it turned out that it seems pretty compatible with 1.21 we were using, but working on these latest distros and working easily on the old distros I want to support as well (I went back to RHEL4 with this patch)

I’ve been able to do backup / restore cycles with both CentOS 6 and 7 without issues with the latest version, after having fixed a lot of small more or less blocking problems.

Now I still have stuff I’d like to fix before release:

For Debian:

In short it’s UEFI support with Debian. I should have worked on that since a long time, but last months were very loaded, both at work and at home. And I’ve not done any progress with it for now.


That will probably wait till 3.3.1

and the most important for me (and some customers), more generic:

I’ll start with this one after Christmas.

And also:

But I have a MondoRescue contributor developing code for that !! That’s really great !

And also two improvements that would make everybody’s life easier:

So, yes, some work on my plate for the new year 2017. But I took also some time off this week to recharge, and so I’d be able to do that, my work back next week, and the rest (concerts planned) with lots of energy !!

Let me take that opportunity to wish to all of you a very good new year 2017, that peace may gain more than loose, that FLOSS may gain more than loose, and that we’ll be actors in this.

MondoRescue 3.2.2 is finally available


I don’t know you, but I was waiting for this version for a long time. Way too long ! But I’m lucky, I’m not time based for releases. I’m really much more features based. And the one I really needed to catch for this version was UEFI support for RHEL/CentOS 6 & 7. HPE has teams and customers which were really needing that to work correctly, which is, from my series of tests, now the case. And I had confirmation from my colleagues that it was indeed working for them as expected just recently. So it was then time to publish !

While I was at it, I tried to fix at the same time some other annoying issues that were reported by the community on the mailing list, while leaving some other problems for the next time, as it was already too much delayed. So I know the Debian and Ubuntu users won’t get UEFI support working, as I had not enough time to test it (my test infra is now being used for trainings for 2 weeks), similarly for SLES 11 SP4 with UEFI (which uses elilo, while I now support grub, grub2 and syslinux, but this one doesn’t work correctly with UEFI IMO).

In addition to what was already done and reported here previously, I have hopefully fixed the following additional issues:

  • #777: Full UEFI support with grub 0.9 and grub2 configuration generation in addition to syslinux (limited to RHEL6, RHEL7)
  • #778 use dosfslabel/mr-label to recreate labelled FAT or VFAT FS
  • #757, #780 and #781 to fix md support
  • #792 to fix LVM support, by forcing fixed values for LE if percentage calculated for it is 0
  • #787 to fix USB support by cleaning the target dir of its syslinux content

In total 24 bugs have been officially closed and additional features improved or fixed as well. Look at the details in trac for the complete list of changes during these last 8 months of pregnancy of the new version 🙂

But, of course, things do not stop here. In addition to fixes which needs to be done as mentioned upper, I’d like to add support for Secure Boot e.g. in the next version to have a full UEFI support, and work again on code refactoring even more.

For now, let’s take time to celebrate and hopefully this will be for you as users the best version possible of MondoRescue available to date !

Time to test what should be the latest beta of MondoRescue 3.2.2


Well, I thought it could still take more time, but I had the possibility to dedicate enough time to fix and test the UEFI support for RHEL7 so I think it’s worth sharing and hopefully get good feedback from you before tagging it as final.

So a new beta of MondoRescue 3.2. is on its way. Please test it, especially if you try to do a backup/restore of a UEFI based system as this should now work flawlessly, including putting back EPS UUIDs. Should also work for other grub 2.x type of distributions such as Debian 8 e.g.

And share your report on our mailing-list !

I may have time to work on some remaining pretty annoying issues (#757 and #780 which look similar, maybe #781) but can’t promise for sure they will be part of this one which has been delayed way too much.

Current state of the changelogs are at, and

Progresses with MondoRescue 3.2.2


Of course I’m late. No surprise here 😦 I think the only day I’m not will be for my death 😉

So 3.2.1 was published the 31st of August 2015.
Version 3.2.2 was supposed to be a maintenance version of that one and was thus planned to be published mid October 2015. However, there were requests from various users to provide a version supporting UEFI boot mode on ProLiant servers. That enhancement request alone accounts for most of the delay encountered while developing this version as it turned out to be way more impacting than I thought.

So some bugs encountered on previous versions have been solved:

However with regards to the single enhancement request in that version to add UEFI support, many tickets were made:

The last one, is the most tricky to solve.
MondoRescue uses since day one a single bootloader, coming from the syslinux project, to manage all boot media it generate :
– isolinux for bootable CD/DVD and tapes
– syslinux for bootable USB devices
– pxelinux for bootable network setup.

This has the advantage of homogeneity and simplifies what the mindi tool has to generate in order to implement that support.

However, when using syslinux.efi to provide a bootable media on HPE ProLiant servers setup in UEFI boot mode, we obtain red screen showing a boot time crash.

Despite many attempts first with various options, then with the help of the syslinux community back in October 2015 (Cf: and
the related thread) using beta versions of syslinux or the latest ProLiant Firmware, I never succeeded in obtaining a UEFI bootable syslinux based media 😦

I’ve had contacts in December 2015 with the ProLiant Firmware engineering team, but we didn’t had yet a joint work on this issue. My plan would be to first diagnose precisely the origin of that error with this team, and then depending on the results to invite them around the table with the syslinux developers during potentially an upcoming LinuxCon NA (August 2016) to solve it for good.

As all that means we won’t have a final solution with syslinux.efi before end of summer 2016 at the earliest. Therefore, I’ve worked on adding support for other boot
loaders in MondoRescue.

Grub 0.99 support was added in August 2015 before the publication of 3.2.1 and we had success testing a full backup/recovery cycle on RHEL 6, while some other users encountered issues with that. Since November 2015, that should was considered fairly stable, and thus was made the default for RHEL 6 only.

Grub 2.0x support was added very recently (the 22nd of February 2016) with other modifications required to better support correctly mutiple boot loaders on multiple backup media (consolidation of code split into different functions in mindi). This was now tested successfully yesterday and I was able to make a full cycle with mindi on a physical server with RHEL 7. The restore now even present the MondoRescue menu to choose from.

However, while mindi now seems to be working fine for this configuration, this is still not the case for mondoarchive. I’ve started to unify the UEFI support between the 2 tools, and hopefully this week I should see positive results leading to a test version published for the MondoRescue community to try RSN ! And with your retunrs, I should be able to publish that long awaited version rapidly after around start of April probably.

I understand it took much more time than expected initially, and I’ve been myself giving wrong estimates for the delivery of the new version many times. Let’s hope this time I’ll be more accurate.
Hope this explains more the ground reasons why it was so, and the attempt to mitigate the real problem we have with syslinux on UEFI boot mode that may not be solved soon.

Mondoescue 3.2.1 is now available … with effort and pain !


Believe it or not, it has been one of the most challenging version to produce ! And one which was really awaited by lots of people.

First all those of you who had problems restoring big files with 3.2.0 which had issues with that. Now that’s solved (was already with the beta previously).

Then those of you who had a RHEL 5 system. 3.2.0 wasn’t working, and 3.2.1 should be much better. Similarly for the people using RHEL 7. This is the real first version working for RHEL 7 available of MondoRescue. I’ve made most of my tests with a RHEL 7 VM in order to track all the errors which were remaining for that env (also some smaller but annoying ones). The root cause is that I had a customer wanting to move to that version for RHEL 7, and I wanted them to be happy with the result. Doesn’t mean they won’t encounter issues, despite what I did, but I’m much more comfortable to handle the cases in their support contract (Yes this is a paying customer).

And finally those of you who were trying to have a working environment for a UEFI based machine with RHEL 6. UEFI wasn’t working at all with 3.2.0 (and previous versions) even if EFI was working on Itanium systems. So this time I used a real system to make again lots of different tests, and solving again lots of issues linked to the support of UEFI, and now I’m happy with the result. The media made is recognized by the UEFI shell or the HP ProLiant guided boot menu. And a full backup / restore works also on it. So that other customer (an HP one, but not a paying one from a MondoRescue perspective… yet) should as well be happy and be able to use MondoRescue to perform its clones and installs correctly.

Could it be better ? Of course. RHEL 7 + UEFI are not yet friends. That will be for 3.2.2, as I want to keep my job ;-). Few bugs in trac have been addressed during these last 8 months, sorry for that. But a lot not mentioned there have been solved, and that was most of the work. And a lot of work has been put (commit hours are real !) into solving the customers needs and deliver that version on time. That’s probably why I hate time based releases, as it forces you to deliver (which is always good), but not with the serenity which should be part of an OpenSource development. Of course, that’s my fault ! I should have anticipated these requests (UEFI and RHEL 7 are there since a long time). But hey, this is still not my day job at HP. So I can only do my best as time permits. And I have a lot of other hobbies that I’ll be back to now so they can also know some progress. That’s also why I do not make more regular releases. But patches are always welcome.

Anyway, pain is over, a new version is here. Test it, report feedback, try to not break it too much, and remember to do regular backups whatever the tools you use.

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Back to RMLL 5 years after !


I like that event which is organized by different teams each year and gather thousands of enthusiasts during one week in one city to celebrate Open Source and Free Software.

This year, for the first time since 2010, I have no conflict attending it and also attending the Academy of sacred Music in Etampes, the week after, as I do since the first one.

So this year I’ll give a status of where we are with the MondoRescue project for my tenth anniversary of project leadership and after the last presentation I did 5 years ago.

And as you can’t be in the mood without docker, I’ll deliver a session on docker and project-builder to demonstrate its particular value IMHO in this domain of continuous packaging and also I’ll animate a Lab session on docker to help discover this tool and understand the challenge of containerizing an application such as owncloud. Come prepared with at least a Linux VM or better a Linux laptop to enjoy the tour 🙂 And start by downloading the Lab document based on Ubuntu 14.04 !

And don’t hesitate to come and talk of whatever topic I’d be able to cover such as AFUL, Mageia, OpenStack, Redfish and Ironic or the beauty of Jean Mouton’s music during the reign of François the first (not our current pope ;-))

Software Defined Compute: Redfish and Ironic at the next OpenStack Summit


The future is already here !

In fact here ! This is a new specification which is gaining traction to allow hardware configuration of systems through a RESTful interface. All new HP ProLiant Gen9 servers from HP are providing a first version of what is not yet the standard, but looks very near to it, and provide already a rich interface.

This is pretty exciting, as it will allow people like me working on Disaster Recovery e.g., or people like Devananda van der Veen who is the Ironic PTL (OpenSTack bare metal deployment component) or many others to have, when it’s ready, a single interface to configure the servers from different manufacturers following the Redfish Specification (as of now HP, Dell, Emerson, Intel). And it’s much more feature rich than IPMI, so you would be able to go well farer with it and reach a real Software Defined Compute node.

In order to make it usable for Ironic we’ve started to work on a low level python library (python-redfish) on which we’ll be able to build the Ironic driver for Redfish later on. This is work for Liberty and after of course. And as Ironic can be also use alone, I’m more and more thinking of using it as a way to provide MondoRescue images for bare metal deployment as an additional feature over media boot. Especially if there are plans to have a standalone web interface for Ironic !

If you want to learn more on the HP implementation of the RESTful API, there is a webinar organized Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00 am CDT to 11:00 am CDT. Register from

And if you want to learn a bit more of where we are on this, read the code (easy for now) or come at Vancouver for the upcoming OpenStack Summit to discover it.

MondoRescue 3.2.1 is definitively looking better but will for sure with your help !


Since a couple of days, I’ve passed quite some time to deal with the various reports that were made on the mondo mailing list with regards to bugs found by users on version 3.2.0. Of course, as every .0 version, not everything was tested, and the help of the community is as usual key to find these cases left appart, and of course find bugs in them !

What has been fixed is available here:

The other BRs I’d like to address before releasing 3.2.1 are:

  • glibc detect an invalid pointer (#766)
  • Smartarray b120i closed drivers not working (#751)

and the older, but really annoying one:

  • Fail to Restore from External Hard Disk (#628)

While I think I can deal with the 2 first one pretty easily, the last one requires more time and will probably end up in 3.2.2 instead, as it’s difficult to delay more 3.2.1 now that the most annoying issues have been solved.

In the mean time, please test the beta of 3.2.1 at (lots of distros available). That will clearly help me finalizing that version. Hopefully you’ll mostly report successes, but I really need your help to make it much better than 3.2.0.

With the latest devs made on mindi to support again correctly older distributions such as RHEL5 (which wasn’t working anymore in 3.2.0), I think I’ll also being able to make the promised 3.0.5 soon, for those wanting to avoid the risk of using a mondoarchive very different in code with lots of dynamically allocated memory. That will pretty surely be the last one in that serie. The focus is really now on the 3.2 branch.

Thanks for your continuous support on this project !

Merry Christmas, MondoRescue 3.2.0 is out !


My previous post was to announce I wanted to publish that long overdue 3.2.0 version of MondoRescue beofre Christmas, so here we are !

I finally found the issue I had restoring RHEL7 with 3.2.0. This was due to a cumul of problems:

  • XFS labelling was broken. I fixed it by calling appropriately xfs_admin in label-partitions-as-necessary
  • RHEL7 uses a UUID for / in the grub2 configuration, which is not mentioned in /etc/fstab; so mindi wasn’t recreating that UUID correctly. So now mindi will store in the mountlist.txt the UUID of each partition, if no other LABEL or UUID was explicitely given in /etc/fstab in order to be able to use it at restore time, and label-partitions-as-necessary was also updated to take that in account

And I was with these modifications able to restore fully automatically a RHEL7 VM. So as I had alrady a working RHEL6 and Fedora 20 env, and as no big regression is expected on other supported distros (Mageia, SLES, OpenSuSE, Debian, Ubuntu mainly) I thought it was time to deliver it officially and give you a toy to play with for Christmas ! Am I not a nice guy 😉 ?

A lot as changed with regards to 3.0.4. If you want to have all the details, look at the Changelogs available in the trac announce, or read my previous posts about the 3.2 branch development, which started back in October 2013 (or even before in fact).

Is it the end of the 3.0 branch ? No. As I announced it earlier already, I want to at least publish a 3.0.5 with most mindi modifications backported in it (SVN already has such a branch in fact) in order for those of you who don’t like major updates, to stay with a more stable branch for some months, before jumping into 3.2.x. Because 3.2.x is the future, and most of my development time will happen here.

Hopefully that 3.0.5 branch will also work fine with systemd and /usr only based distros as the modifications to support that have all been done in mindi.

As for the 3.2.x branch, please report your findings ! I know I’m far from answering all mails, or answer all bug reports, but I do rad all of these, and as time permit, I try to make the code evolve (typically adding more perl functions) to have a more flexible way of incorporating your requests. Slower, but I have an installed base to maintain, I’m not like Fedora, which will always be followed, I need to keep my sysadmin as happy as possible with the state of the tool, while maintaing as much compatibility as I can with the previous versions.

But all that won’t happen before early January, as I’ll pass time with my kids and my wife to celebrate Christmas, an enjoy being together, which is now not as often as the previous years (yes kids grow up and move sometimes far from home :-), and that’s good !)

As I write packages are still being delivered to the master ftp server. Try it after the 25th !