Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 185528
/etc/inittab gets deleted after update -> no boot
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:58:55 EDT
Description of problem:
after updating to initscripts-8.31.1-1 /ect/inittab gots deleted and I
/etc/inittab.rpmsave got created instead. (no bootable system!)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
no inittab file found
inittabfile should be found an not dropped by an update (this may even break
please mark this as a blocker
What were you upgrading from?
I had this problem too, upgrading from initscripts.i386 8.31-1
We're trying to duplicate this here w/ anaconda upgrades from FC4 to the current
release candidate of FC5.
this info might help:
my rawhide install was installed in textmode so it defaulted to runlevel 3 and I
edited it to be 5 (could it be deleting edited files only?)
Is SELinux enabled, and are there any AVC messages?
How did you upgrade - anaconda, yum , or straight RPM?
Was there any messages about saving files as .rpmsave or installing them as .rpmnew?
I can't reproduce this here on a simple 8.31-1 -> 8.31.1-1 upgrade.
(In reply to comment #5)
> Is SELinux enabled, and are there any AVC messages?
enabled no avcs
> How did you upgrade - anaconda, yum , or straight RPM?
> Was there any messages about saving files as .rpmsave or installing them as
pup does not show such infos :(
> I can't reproduce this here on a simple 8.31-1 -> 8.31.1-1 upgrade.
I can't reproduce either, selinux enabled, using pup, edited /etc/inittab.
Any text spew from pup will end up in your X session log (/tmp/xses.* usually)
(In reply to comment #7)
> I can't reproduce either, selinux enabled, using pup, edited /etc/inittab.
> Any text spew from pup will end up in your X session log (/tmp/xses.* usually)
too late :(
currently installing fc4 on that box to test anaconda update...
Can you reproduce it at will by downgrading, moving in your rpmsave file, and
Also, did you have *any* third party packages installed?
Created attachment 126163 [details]
yum.log illustrating bad upgrade
Per discussion on the test list, it looks like yum went and uninstalled my
initscripts, which would explain the behaviour... I'll attach the complete
I have only two "third-party" packages installed: the Cisco VPN client, and
VMWare, but I just reinstalled them and they don't touch /etc/inittab.
Thanks, do you have any yum plugins installed/enabled. Can you also attach
Julian, also if you rollback initscripts to previous version and update does it
(In reply to comment #12)
> Thanks, do you have any yum plugins installed/enabled. Can you also attach
The only plugin installed/enabled is "installonlyn" which is what came with
FC4... I'm not too clear on what this does and what its impact might be.
I'll attach the /var/log/rpmpkgs* output now
Created attachment 126167 [details]
(In reply to comment #13)
> Julian, also if you rollback initscripts to previous version and update does it
Paul - can you advise where I could get the old build of initscripts I will try
this and let you know.
(In reply to comment #10)
> Also, did you have *any* third party packages installed?
first: does not happend using anaconda...
2: I had no third party packages installed ; clean rawhide box with some
packages from extras.
Created attachment 126244 [details]
old initscripts rpm
Here's the old version of initscripts.
I tried to reproduce the behaviour by installing the old initscripts and doing a
yum update, but the problem did not reoccur.
*** Bug 185731 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 197906 ***