Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 117801
Bootloader install (silently) does not install if no other packages updated
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:38 EST
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Description of problem:
After an upgrade from RH9, had an unbootable situation, where GRUB was
failing to load. After much poking and proding in rescue mode,
decided to re-upgrade. Rebooted the install disk, selected upgrade.
Install found my now FC-1 configuration. I selected to install the
boot loader (not just upgrade). The install flew through all three
CDs, since nothing needed to install.
Rebooted, and still had same GRUB hang. Later retried the same
procedure, watching the text screens. Saw a the end a message
basically saying that sinde no packages were upgraded, the bootloader
would not be installed.
Into rescue mode, and downgraded one package (kernel I think). Reboot
installer, follwed same procedure; this time the kernel was upgraded,
and a message that the bootloader was installed. Reboot, and system
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run upgrade on a system that is already up to date.
2. Select "Install boot loader"
Actual Results: Boot loader not installed (verified on text console,
and failre to boot). No message on install screen that the boot
loader was not installed.
Expected Results: Boot load should have been installed (best). Or at
least a message at the end saying it was not, and why (doesn't help,
but at least you'd know).
We can't install the boot loader if there's not a kernel (not enough
information on how to create the boot loader config, etc) and that's
why the message pops up saying that there are no kernels being
installed and thus the boot loader won't be.