Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 443756
Upgrading from F8 to F9 Beta upgrades the wrong partition
Last modified: 2009-07-14 13:49:57 EDT
Description of problem:
In my F8 system, I have 2 disks: one IDE (Primary/0), and one SATA. On tha SATA
disk, Fedora 8 has been installed on primary partition 1 (/dev/sda1) and on the
extended partition /dev/sda9.
Now, I try an upgrade to F9 Beta on partition 9. The installer makes 2 proposals
for the upgrade: /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdb9 (these are renamed obviously under
F9!). These proposals are OK, so I choose /dev/sdb9.
But during install, I saw that /mnt/sysimage was a mount of /dev/sdb1 and not of
/dev/sdb9, and when I rebooted the F9 beta after the installation, it was indeed
/dev/sdb1 which was upgraded and not /dev/sdb9!
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The current F9 beta.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot from install media, select upgrade option
2.select the second partition containing F8
The first partiton is upgraded
The second partition is upgraded
/boot/grub/menu.lst in F8
title Fedora (18.104.22.168-64.fc8)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-22.214.171.124-64.fc8 ro root=LABEL=/F8 quiet
/etc/fstab of F8
LABEL=/F8 / ext3 defaults
LABEL=tmp /tmp ext3 defaults
LABEL=spare3 /spare3 ext3 defaults
LABEL=local /usr/local ext3 defaults
LABEL=SYSTEM_BACKUP /SYSTEM_BACKUP ext3 defaults
LABEL=spare2 /spare2 ext3 defaults
LABEL=disk3 /disk3 ext3 defaults
LABEL=disk3_BACKUP /disk3_BACKUP ext3 defaults
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults
devpts /dev/pts devpts
gid=5,mode=620 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults
proc /proc proc defaults
LABEL=swap swap swap defaults
I could see that very early during the upgrade /etc/fstab from /dev/sdb9 was
taken and overwrote /etc/fstab in /dev/sdb1.
I see that according to your mailing list post, you copied the installation so
that sdb9 and sdb1 had the same contents. I assume this means that both had the
same /etc/fstab file. Now, what were the labels on both of your / partitions?
Were they both /F8?
You are right, the /etc/fstab was identical on both partitions.
But before upgrading /dev/sdb9, the labels were different: /dev/sdb1 was labeled
"/F8", and /dev/sdb9 was not labeled!
Maybe, this is the problem (perhaps anaconda searched for the partition labeled
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