Bug 198754 - Kernel update gives grubby error
Summary: Kernel update gives grubby error
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 5
Hardware: athlon
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
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Reported: 2006-07-13 09:45 UTC by John Horne
Modified: 2008-04-04 13:35 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2008-04-04 13:35:57 UTC

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Description John Horne 2006-07-13 09:45:47 UTC
Description of problem:
Installed FC5 on to a new HP DL385 server (2 dual-core Opteron CPUs).
No problem with that.
Ran 'yum update' to update packages, all installed okay but kernel package gives

  Installing: kernel-smp                   ####################### [ 9/17]
  grubby fatal error: unable to find a suitable template

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run 'yum update kernel-smp'
Actual results:
Error produced:

(1/1): kernel-smp-2.6.17- 100% |=========================|  15 MB    00:04    
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing: kernel-smp                   ######################### [1/1]
grubby fatal error: unable to find a suitable template

Installed: kernel-smp.i686 0:2.6.17-1.2145_FC5

Expected results:
Kernel should install and update grub.conf with no error.

Additional info:

The only thing we have done different during instalation with this machine is
not create a separate /boot partition. The server has over a terabyte of disk
space so we just created root (/) as a 50GB partition, and swap (16GB).

After installation grub.conf is modified slightly to remove the 'rhgb quiet' and
told to run at runlevel 3. It contains:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You do not have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
#          root (hd0,0)
#          kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/cciss/c0d0p1
#          initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Fedora Core (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5smp)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5smp ro root=LABEL=/ 3
        initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5smp.img

The yum.log file and 'rpm -qa' command shows that the kernel has been installed.
Looking at /boot/grub/grub.conf shows that no new entry has been created for the
new kernel.

'uname -a' gives:

  Linux ils409.uopnet.plymouth.ac.uk 2.6.15-1.2054_FC5smp #1 SMP Tue Mar 14 
  16:05:46 EST 2006 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 03:17:56 UTC
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
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Comment 2 John Horne 2008-04-04 13:35:57 UTC
We have installed RHEL 4 (update 6, using mkinitrd- onto similar
servers, and Fedora 8 (mkinitrd-6.0.19-4.fc8) onto 64-bit PC's. None of these
have shown any error with yum and SMP kernels. As such I think we can close this
call as fixed.

Many thanks,


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