Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 174959
Upgrade from RH9 to FC4 installer exits abnormally
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:18 EST
Description of problem:
Initially I attempted to install FC3 but it exited abnormally during the
install so I upgraded all the firmware for the system BIOS,RAID controller,
server backplane and attempted the install again with the same results.
RH9 had previoulsy been installed on this server with a different set of drives
so I did a fresh install of RH9 to see if it also had a problem. It did not so
I configured some of the services I needed and decided to see if an upgrade to
FC3 would work but it failed again. I finally attempted FC4 upgrade and it
initiallly failed but on a second attempt it began installing RPMs and when it
got to the kernel RPM the install exitied abnormally.
During a text-mode installation the screen begins spewing errors about the
RPMDB being a read-only file system and the server freezes. Upon a third
attempt the kernel packages install but then the installer exited abnormally
and gave an andaconda dump file.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot from CDROM
2.Select Upgrade from RH9 or FC4
The text screen begins to display a blur of failed attempts to install RPMs or
during the install of RPMs the installer exits abnormally
A complete installation
PowerEdge 2400 Dual Processor 500mhz Pentium III (Coppermine)
Embedded Server Management v5.39
System Backplane v5.47
RAID-5 Container 164GB disk space
NEC CDROM SCSI
I used the integrated SCSI controller and an Adaptec 2940 PCI controller for
the CDROM. I also used an external Toshiba SCSI CDROM. The results were the
same with either setup.
Created attachment 121823 [details]
Andaconda Dump File
I attempted another install and switched consoles when the install began to
fail and noted the following error:
<3> scsi1 (0:0) rejecting I/O to offline device
I found this URL on the issue http://lkml.org/lkml/2005/1/14/252
The aacraid driver should be the latest one since I am using FC4.
The Perc2/si controller BIOS is 2.84 Build 6098.
I opened DMESG and it makes a reference to the SCSI device using a depreciated
SCSI ioctl to convert it to SG_IO
installation issues are tricky, as a kernel update isn't really any help to you.
However the bug I'm duping this against has a pointer to some unofficial FC4.2
ISO's which are FC4+updates. That may have a new enough kernel to have this fixed.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 169613 ***