Bug 36502 - Installer problem with lilo.conf
Installer problem with lilo.conf
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-04-18 11:44 EDT by Michael Schwendt
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-07-19 14:53:10 EDT
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lilo.conf.rpmsave (649 bytes, text/plain)
2001-04-18 11:45 EDT, Michael Schwendt
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Description Michael Schwendt 2001-04-18 11:44:54 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.77 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.2-2 i686; Nav)

At the end of an upgrade from RHL 7.0 to RHL 7.1:

    An error occured while installing
    the bootloader.

    We HIGHLY recommend ... <snip>

    Fatal: Duplicate label "dos"


I remember I got asked for extra kernel parameters (I entered "mem=128M"
only) and whether I'd want to allow booting from my single DOS partition. I
answered "yes" and did not enter anything else. Got above error message,
but booting went fine without any errors and --
surprise! -- still with my beloved 2.2.19 kernel.

Investigation has revealed that a new LILO had not been written and the
Installer had ignored my "default=Linux" and had replaced it with

It also ignored my 2.2.19 kernel entry (good luck!):


and updated the 2.4.0 kernel test entry from:




lilo.conf.rpmsave will be attached.

Reproducible: Didn't try

Expected Results:  I did expect Installer to upgrade a Linux kernel image
entry in lilo.conf and either boot the "default" entry or let me select a
new default.

If a kernel upgrade is mandatory, Installer could create an additional
entry in lilo.conf and make it the default regardless of any other entries.
If a kernel upgrade is optional, Installer could add a new kernel entry and
ask the user whether to make it the default.
Comment 1 Michael Schwendt 2001-04-18 11:45:41 EDT
Created attachment 15644 [details]
Comment 2 Joe Krahn 2001-04-19 18:35:55 EDT
I had a similar problem upgrading RH7 to RH7.1.
It is a case sensitivity problem. The installer
added lable=linux but left in my label=Linux,
which lilo sees as being the same label.
In the above case, the user had label=DOS
and the installer added label=dos.

It looks like it the mangling above may be due to some
parts of the installer's lilo.conf editor being
case sensitive while others are not.
Comment 3 Matt Wilson 2001-07-19 14:53:05 EDT
moving to bootloader guy
Comment 4 Jeremy Katz 2001-07-19 17:50:09 EDT
Code that checks labels in the lilo.conf changed to be non case-sensitive in our
current tree.

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