Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 455295
kernel install doesn't check for mounted /boot
Last modified: 2009-07-14 12:29:37 EDT
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Description of problem:
I upgraded from Fedora 8 to fedora 9 with preupgrade.
I had to grub-install to fix broken grub and ended up using the F8 kernel.
After getting the system into a usable state I did a yum update that pulled in the F9 kernel.
It installed onto the /boot folder (in my LVM ext3 partition) as the upgrade dropped the /boot partition mount.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run preupgrade
2. Try to update the kernel with yum update.
The kernel installed vmlinuz*,initrd* and System.map* into the /boot directory of my LVM /boot directory.
On my system that's /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00.
The kernel should have installed vmlinuz*,initrd* and System.map* onto the boot partition.
On my system that's /dev/sda1.
I would have set /dev/sda1 to mount to /boot with /etc/fstab by using the information on the mount from /etc/mtab, but that file seems to have disappeared.
I would have used the /dev/sda1 GUID for the mount entry but I don't know how to do that (perhaps a migration document would help).
The Fedora 9 live image has a /boot entry that makes reference to EFI - is this EFI emulation? Do I need a new bios? A new laptop? From what I've read, I would need elilo, but preupgrade didn't mention that.
This sounds more like a bug with the preupgrade script.
It shouldn't be unmounting /boot
The kernel package is just like any other rpm, it expects that the partitions
its installing to to be mounted.
Not having /boot be a separate partition is a valid use-case, so aborting if we
find that nothing is mounted there isn't feasible.
This sounds like it's probably a duplicate of bug 450143, followed by a
partially-successful recovery that left things in an inconsistent state.
preupgrade doesn't unmount /boot. Nor does it change /etc/fstab - that's done by
The EFI stuff can be ignored - we still support regular BIOS booting just fine.
What happened during the F9 upgrade that broke the system? How did you recover
Also - you can list the labels/UUIDs of your system's partitions with the
I have a live image installed on /dev/sda3, but it's install application can't
see the other partitions - https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=446367
, so I couldn't update / install from that, so I ran preupgrade.
It downloaded ~800MB of RPMs in /var/cache/yum/anaconda-Fedora-200805072150.i386
After reboot/installation/reboot grub wasn't functional.
I used my Fedora 8 cd to run grub-install. Then I could boot Fedora 9 to run F9
for some reason the F9 kernel wasn't installed, so I looked in
/var/cache/yum/anaconda-Fedora-200805072150.i386 - it was empty, so I used the
existing F8 kernel.
I had to update python to use yum. After that I could do a yum update,
downloading the packages again.
I just used the info from blkid to update my /etc/fstab - thanks.
Regarding EFI (sorry for getting off topic), I would personally prefer to use it
as it would allow me to boot from external (USB/firewire) media - does Fedora
provide EFI emulation? I know the better option would be for Dell to provide an
EFI bios upgrade, but I wont hold my breath.
Also, do you know if EFI supports PCMCIA devices?
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