[Here's another post PreUpgrade task after my Fedora 15 to 17 upgrade. This one was more serious as it was slowing my boot to a crawl, in fact sometimes boot simply hanged. However, I am not sure if this was really due to upgrading to F17 since my F15 was having boot issues before and I didn't bother to investigate.]


Do you see a similar message in your boot log or in 'dmesg'?  (number of seconds and name vary)

BUG: soft lockup - CPU#0 stuck for 22s! [biosdevname:590]


If yes, most probably your boot crawls or even halts and it's due to the biosdevname package. A quick solution is to just remove the package.

$ sudo yum erase biosdevname

It is only used to map network interfaces to new naming scheme. It is not that critical especially if you're not running a server with dependencies on multiple network interfaces.


$ sudo yum info biosdevname

Name        : biosdevname
Arch : x86_64
Version : 0.3.11
Release : 6.fc17
Size : 32 k
Repo : fedora
Summary : Udev helper for naming devices per BIOS names
URL : http://linux.dell.com/files/biosdevname
License : GPLv2
Description : biosdevname in its simplest form takes a kernel device name as an
: argument, and returns the BIOS-given name it "should" be. This is necessary
: on systems where the BIOS name for a given device (e.g. the label on
: the chassis is "Gb1") doesn't map directly and obviously to the kernel
: name (e.g. eth0).


However, if your system won't boot at all. You can skip the issue by adding biosdevname=0 in the kernel parameters.

Edit grub just before boot.

linux /vmlinuz-3.4.4-5.fc17.x86_64 root=/dev/mapper/vg_georgie_root-lv_root ro rd.lvm.lv=vg_georgie_root/lv_swap rd.md=0 rd.dm=0 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16  KEYTABLE=us rd.luks=0 rd.lvm.lv=vg_georgie_root/lv_root LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rhgb quiet biosdevname=0


Hopefully, your system starts up successfully. Then, remove the biosdevname package.

$ sudo yum erase biosdevname

If you want more details for clarity or confusion, here are some links. ;)
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=707583
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=262840