Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 212495
Installer does not find existing installation to update when installation media is on root partition
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:46 EST
Description of problem:
The installer is not finding the existing installation of Fedora when the
installation media is on the same partition as the root partition.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Have a previous version of Fedora installed (I used Fedora 5)
2. Download the installation disks to a directory under the root partition
3. Burn the first disk to a CD for booting
4. Boot installation CD using "askmethod"
5. Select the correct drive and directory when selecting location of
When the installer searches for current installations of Fedora, nothing is
found and the installer move onto the partitioning options.
The installer should find the current installation and give the user the option
I'm seeing the same symptoms with a slightly different setup. I used a bootable
USB key with "diskboot.img" rather than a burned CD. Otherwise things are as in
the original reporter's description. ISO images are stored in the same
partition as the root of the existing FC5 installation. Anaconda does not find
this existing installation and does not offer to upgrade, but instead goes down
the new installation path.
I just had a friend that had the same problem. He had changed
/etc/redhat-release to indicate ES because some third party package thought that
was a requirement. He switched back to the original FC5 redhat-release file,
and anaconda detected the installation as expected. There's no guarantee that
this root cause is the same, but that's something that's easy to forget about
Joseph - does your previous installation use reiserfs/xfs/jfs? Can you check on
tty1, tty3, and tty4 and see if there are any obvious error messages?
I only used ext3.
I have since upgraded the machine to FC6, so how can I check the other terminals
for errors now?
Closing as CANTFIX per comment #4. For future reference, you cannot use the
same partition as the source and destination for installation purposes. Your
source partition is marked as protected once you tell anaconda that's where the
source is. You have to use an entirely different partition for the installation