Bug 251771 - FC7 kernel updates lack /proc/ide
FC7 kernel updates lack /proc/ide
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: yaboot (Show other bugs)
powerpc Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-08-10 20:31 EDT by Bennett Feitell
Modified: 2008-06-16 22:08 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2008-06-16 22:08:24 EDT
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make ofpath not require /proc/ide (1.70 KB, patch)
2007-08-11 02:13 EDT, David Woodhouse
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Description Bennett Feitell 2007-08-10 20:31:14 EDT
Description of problem:

The sequential upgrade of kernels from kernel-2.6.21-1.3228.fc7 to
kernel- to kernel- leaves the system broken and
headed for disaster. leaves the hard disk undetectable for ybin and
yaboot.  The next kernel ( installs with ybin errors and will not
boot.  The kernel installation does not fail because of the ybin errors.

On cleanup, the default yum-updatesd installonlyn setting of 2 means that the
last kernel that is able to let ybin complete successfully is removed from the
system.  After one more kernel update the system will be unbootable as will then be removed.    

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

How reproducible:

Every time yum is relied upon to upgrade through this sequence the problem will

Steps to Reproduce:
1. update from 2.6.21-1.3228.fc7 to
2. reboot into
3. update from to
Actual results: will not boot due to ybin being unable to find the hard disk and
OpenFirmware when the system is running  /etc/yaboot.conf does
not get written to the boot partition and the system continues to boot into  On a successive kernel upgrade will be removed
automatically by yum and the system will no longer boot at all.

Expected results:

The system should be able to boot upgraded kernels.

Additional info:

I reinstalled kernel-2.6.21-1.3228.fc7 rebooted the system to that kernel and
manually ran ybin -v to properly write the contents of /etc/yaboot.conf to the
boot partition.  The machine is a Powerbook G4 867 (Titanium).  I have confirmed
that ybin again works properly under kernel-
Comment 1 David Woodhouse 2007-08-10 20:59:41 EDT
This bug is fixed in, where we re-enabled /proc/ide.
Comment 2 David Woodhouse 2007-08-11 02:12:06 EDT
Reopening and assigning to yaboot. Although this is 'fixed' in the kernel, we
could actually make ofpath work without relying on /proc/ide, and this would
help people who are currently running the 'broken' kernels and whose systems
will be rendered unbootable when they attempt to upgrade to the point where
their 'working' kernel is removed.

We should update yaboot, then make the new kernels require the updated yaboot.
Comment 3 David Woodhouse 2007-08-11 02:13:27 EDT
Created attachment 161107 [details]
make ofpath not require /proc/ide
Comment 4 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-08-21 01:35:47 EDT
User pnasrat@redhat.com's account has been closed
Comment 5 Kevin Fenzi 2007-08-23 23:54:49 EDT
Note that I am seeing this very problem with current rawhide kernels as well. 
This results in never rebooting into new kernels... yaboot only sees the old
ones, since ybin didn't work when updating. 

The patch is comment #3 works fine here. 
This should be applied asap to f7 and devel. 
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