Bug 193085 - rpm fails to install new kernel
rpm fails to install new kernel
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2006-05-24 21:46 EDT by Barry K. Myrvold
Modified: 2008-05-06 11:56 EDT (History)
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Description Barry K. Myrvold 2006-05-24 21:46:24 EDT
Description of problem:

when I run 'sudo yum update' yum will update all files except it stalls in the
middle of installing a new kernel. Likewise when I run 'sudo rpm -ivh kernel...'
for any new kernel rpm stalls half way through.  Has done so with virtually all
kernels since installed Fedora Core 5. 

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

yum 2.6.1
rpm 4.4.2

How reproducible:

run 'yum update' and try to install a new kernel
or run 'rpm -ivh kernel...' for any new kernel

Steps to Reproduce:
1. sudo yum update
2. sudo rpm -ivh kernel...
Actual results:

stalls in the middle of installing new kernel

Expected results:

a new kernel

Additional info:
According to rpm -ihvv, here's where it stalls
+ /sbin/new-kernel-pkg --package kernel-smp --mkinitrd --depmod --install
I have enough room in my /boot partition.

There is a message in /var/log/messages that may be related - it is

May 24 21:00:12 localhost kernel: loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Comment 1 Paul Nasrat 2006-05-25 08:36:32 EDT
Yes indeed you don't have any free loop devices so we can't create the initrd.

Is there any way we can detect this in the scripts and bail appropriately.
Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 22:58:20 EDT
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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 11:56:42 EDT
This bug is open for a Fedora version that is no longer maintained and
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