Bug 443756 - Upgrading from F8 to F9 Beta upgrades the wrong partition
Summary: Upgrading from F8 to F9 Beta upgrades the wrong partition
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Chris Lumens
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-04-23 05:45 UTC by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2009-07-14 17:49 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 17:49:57 UTC
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Description Joachim Backes 2008-04-23 05:45:09 UTC
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.

How reproducible:
Each time

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot from install media, select upgrade option
2.select the second partition containing F8
Actual results:
The first partiton is upgraded

Expected results:
The second partition is upgraded

Additional info:

/boot/grub/menu.lst in F8

title Fedora (
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz- ro root=LABEL=/F8 quiet
        initrd /boot/initrd-

/etc/fstab of F8

LABEL=/F8                               /                       ext3    defaults
       1 1
LABEL=tmp                               /tmp                    ext3    defaults
       1 2
LABEL=spare3                            /spare3                 ext3    defaults
       1 2
LABEL=local                             /usr/local              ext3    defaults
       1 2
LABEL=SYSTEM_BACKUP                     /SYSTEM_BACKUP          ext3    defaults
       1 2
LABEL=spare2                            /spare2                 ext3    defaults
       1 2
LABEL=disk3                             /disk3                  ext3    defaults
       1 2
LABEL=disk3_BACKUP                      /disk3_BACKUP           ext3    defaults
       1 2
tmpfs                                   /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults
       0 0
devpts                                  /dev/pts                devpts 
gid=5,mode=620  0 0
sysfs                                   /sys                    sysfs   defaults
       0 0
proc                                    /proc                   proc    defaults
       0 0
LABEL=swap                              swap                    swap    defaults
       0 0

Comment 1 Joachim Backes 2008-04-23 05:51:52 UTC
I could see that very early during the upgrade /etc/fstab from /dev/sdb9 was
taken and overwrote /etc/fstab in /dev/sdb1.

Comment 2 Chris Lumens 2008-04-23 11:42:36 UTC
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?

Comment 3 Joachim Backes 2008-04-23 11:57:24 UTC
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

Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 10:00:14 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 17:49:57 UTC
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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