Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 473334
preupgrade failed badly on upgrade from F9 to F10
Last modified: 2014-01-21 18:07:13 EST
Description of problem:
Performed an upgrade from F9 to F10 using preupgrade, there were no indications of errors, however the install was not useable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Not known, no way to test again
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 9, with kde, xfce, and gnome
2. Use preupgrade to upgrade to F10
3. Boot F10 after completion of upgrade
4. Installation is unusable to all but the most advanced troubleshooters.
Upgrade using preupgrade failed.
Expected a usable system.
The first issue was that once it booted, the login screen only showed a flashing white box in the middle of the screen.
This was corrected by forcing KDM to be the display manager by creating /etc/sysconfig/desktop and specifying DISPLAYMANAGER="KDE".
After getting in via KDM, nm-applet would crash on startup complaining about cario.
This was corrected by removing and reinstalling cairo, even though it was the F10 pacakage it was not functional till removing and re-installing. Once replaced nm_applet would function properly.
Attempted to run Open Office Writer, on attempting to open it a message was displayed indicating that the package was not installed. Removed and re-installed all of the Office/Productivity group and it then began to function normally.
Sound was not functioning at all, the device selected by Pule Audio was a null device.
At this point after two hours of trying to troubleshoot, I decided that the effort required to ensure that the system would be stable was not worth the time to re-install via the media.
After using the DVD to install the system operated as desired with no issues what so ever.
I have a different scenario for failure:
I have two machines with F9 and F10 installed in parallel.
When you try to do a F9-->F10 upgrade with preupgrade then the F10 LVM root will be mounted i.s.o. the F9 LVM root. the upgrade repository can not be found and we have epic failure; it will try to download stuff but fail.
I worked around it by zero-ing out the first part of the F10 LVM root and restoring it after upgrade.
I think you should store which filesystems to actually mount before rebooting into the upgrade. or store it right anyway :-)
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