I am building machines using autoyast. Since yesterday afternoon, machines are building almost to completion, and then during the final boot (I think it does clean-up during this boot as well), it reaches this point:

Re-Starting syslog services done
Checking CPU.. upload Intel microcode

and goes no further. Attempts to reset the machine again reach this point and hang. Attempts to rebuild again with autoyast again reach this point and hang. I am seeing this with multiple machines now. These machines are irretrievably stuck now.

It looks like the above message is printed to the console in the course of running /etc/init.d/microcode.ctl . This is the relevant piece of the script:

if [ -e /lib/firmware/intel-ucode/${cpu_family}-${model}-${stepping} ];then
rmmod microcode >& /dev/null
echo -n ".. upload Intel microcode"
/sbin/modprobe -q microcode

Thus my hunch that the hang is in the modprobe command.

Has anyone else seen this or have any idea what is causing this and how to fix it?

thank you -