Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 117678
Installer fails to create /boot partition after converting from ext2 to ext3 - OS won't boot
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:37 EST
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Description of problem:
I recently tried to upgrade a RH 7.1 machine to Fedora Core 2 Test 1.
Somewhere along the lines, the upgrade was botched, because after it
was all done, I did not have a legimate /boot parition. Instead, I
had a /boot directory with a single file in it: kernel.h.
During the upgrade process, the installer suggested that I upgrade my
/boot and /swap paritions from ext2 to ext3. I didn't see why a boot
parition needed to be ext3, but I chose to upgrade it anyway. I did
not get an error message, but it's possible that the upgrade didn't go
After the installation, my machine didn't boot up. It did give me a
bash shell. Running df showed that there was no boot parition.
Running ls showed a /boot directory with a single file in it: kernel.h.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install RH 7.1. Format a boot parition in ext2
2.Upgrade to Fedora Core 2 Test 1.
Actual Results: The system wouldn't boot because it couldn't find a
Expected Results: The system boots into FC2.
I tried re-doing the upgrade but that didn't fix anything.
I have since installed FC 2, test 1 without upgrading, so I won't be
able to do any forensics. This bug is not a problem for me, I am
simply reporting it out of a sense of civic duty.