Bug 12235

Summary: is debian a valid upgrade partition?
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Rod m. Stewart <stewart>
Component: installerAssignee: Michael Fulbright <msf>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Brock Organ <borgan>
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Description Rod m. Stewart 2000-06-14 02:09:46 UTC
After doing a workstation install on a trashable partition I wanted to try
an upgrade (in text mode).  My drive is partitioned as follows
	/dev/hda1	/
	/dev/hda2	(rh-beta / )
	/dev/hda5	/usr
	/dev/hda6	(debian-potato /)
	/dev/hda7	/home

The Beta install only knows about /dev/hda2 so as not to trash any
partitions.

During the upgrade when it went to find the posible partitions on which it
would upgrade it selected:
	/dev/hda1
	/dev/hda2
	/dev/hda6
The first two are correct.  It is the last one I'm a bit confused about. 
Will it really try to upgrade my Debian partition?  (I didn't try it, as
I've not mastered setting up a new Debian install by solely using chroot.)

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-06-14 14:28:05 UTC
The installer looks for partitions which contain a /etc/fstab file. There is
no real way to distinguish all the variants of Linux - all we can do is
attempt to find something that looks like a root partition.



Comment 2 Dale Lovelace 2000-06-16 19:40:39 UTC
  Could it possibly look for both a /etc/fstab and a /etc/redhat-release?