Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 121672
anaconda balks on existing jfs partitions for upgrade
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:41 EST
Description of problem:
With FC1 installed, using a mix of filesystems (ext3, reiserfs &
jfs), after selecting to perform an upgrade of the existing Fedora
Core installation, when anaconda tries to detect existing partitions
and error is reportes that "partition /dev/hda[whatever] can not be
mounted as /var/log [or wherever]. Click OK to reboot." and there is
no way to bypass this.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
anaconda that ships with FC2test2
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC1, with at least one (1) jfs partition, in use.
2. Boot from FC2test2 CD1 (if you can, otherwise use FC2test1 disc
swap workaround, like I had to do)
3. Select the "Upgrade Existing OS" (however it is phrased) option
and click "Next".
Error message occurs, forcing reboot. The error message ONLY occurs
anaconda should be able to handle jfs partitions without the fix
noted below. Another acceptable alternative might be to present a
message that allows you to continue on (perhaps to Disk Druid to
manually deal with it?). It is certainly a Bad Thing that you can
only reboot, at that point (you can not even back up and change your
Passing the option "jfs" to anaconda from the boot prompt fixed this
Targeting to look at for fc3.
At some point this problem was corrected. It doesn't happen in FC5 or rawhide now.
You still have to pass 'jfs', 'reiserfs', or 'xfs' when doing an initial
installation and you want to use one of those filesystems. For upgrades, you do
not have to pass those arguments.