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Bug 147302 - Install update doesn't change boot loader config
Install update doesn't change boot loader config
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
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Reported: 2005-02-06 14:28 EST by jummie2k
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-02-07 10:45:04 EST
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Description jummie2k 2005-02-06 14:28:45 EST
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Description of problem:
When using "update" (rather than install) to modify the boot loader
configutration, the changes are not saved.

Since update does not find kernel updates, it displays a message box
reading something like "no kernel upgrades, boot loader configuration
not changed". I think the boot loader configuration is not changed at all.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download boot cd from ftp mirror (os/images/boot.iso)
2. Install but specify wrong boot loader location (MBR of /dev/hda
instead of /dev/sda)
3. Reboot: boot loader is not started (Windows started here)
4. Reboot with install CD, select update
5. Modify boot loader location (MBR of /dev/sda)

Actual Results:  See step 3: boot loader configuration is not changed,
Windows started up again.

Expected Results:  Boot loader should have been started.

Additional info:

I "fixed" it by reinstalling, this time using the correct boot loader

I flagged this bug with i386 platform but I guess I could have
selected "All". I haven't tested though so I didn't.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2005-02-07 10:45:04 EST
If a kernel package isn't installed, then we don't have the
information to actually create or update boot loader configuration.
Comment 2 jummie2k 2005-02-07 13:23:40 EST
Isn't all the necessary information present in the already installed
kernel package(s)?

If I understand your comment correctly, the installer's "update"
option does not apply to the boot loader at all:
- If you update Fedora, boot loader is rewritten
- If you don't and change the boot loader, you're screwed.

So the only option is to completely reinstal. That's a pitty. Could
you at least print a message in the installer's help?

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