Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 103718
install hangs after kernel install
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:57:21 EDT
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Description of problem:
During installation of RH9 over a previous RH7.3 install, the install process
installed the kernel then hung. top reported that /usr/lib/rpm/rpmq was using
approximately 99% CPU for over 12hours, until the machine was powered down.
This occurred with both text and graphical installers.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start RH9 install
2. Keep existing partitioning scheme (do not format /var)
Actual Results: Install process stops after kernel install
Expected Results: Install completes
As a work around, I copied files I wanted to keep from /var onto /home and chose
to format /var. This allowed the installer to run to completion.
If you were trying to reinstall a new Red Hat release over an old one this is
not going to work.
If you choose to upgrade from a previous release to a new one then that should
Which case is this?
I was trying to install a new release in place of an old one.
I have a number of partitions /, /boot, /home, /usr, /var, I formatted /, /usr,
/boot but wanted to retain some of the contents of /var so left it as was.
You will need to backup /var, intall and format /var, and migrate the old files