Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 477862
Installing kernel rpm 'blips' the disk drives, which can cause installation to hang
Last modified: 2009-07-14 11:53:59 EDT
When 'yum update' installs a new kernel package, it somehow accesses the floppy drive and CD or DVD drive. You can see the drive lights come on as the kernel package is installed (presumably from preinstall or postinstall scripts). If there is no disk in the floppy drive then logwatch afterwards reports an error from /dev/fd0.
Normally this accessing of the drives is benign. However, if the CD drive has a CD that cannot be read for some reason (badly burned CD, or hardware failure) then this causes the kernel package install to hang, churning the CD drive. The disc cannot be ejected because the drive is busy. The only obvious way to stop this is to reboot the machine (which is not a safe thing to do halfway through a 'yum update').
I suggest that the kernel rpm installation scripts should not access the floppy drive, CD drive or other removable media as part of the installation.
The I/O should time out eventually. Sometimes it can take a long time...
Do you know the reason why installing a kernel even tries to access the removable media?
This message is a reminder that Fedora 9 is nearing its end of life.
Approximately 30 (thirty) days from now Fedora will stop maintaining
and issuing updates for Fedora 9. It is Fedora's policy to close all
bug reports from releases that are no longer maintained. At that time
this bug will be closed as WONTFIX if it remains open with a Fedora
'version' of '9'.
Package Maintainer: If you wish for this bug to remain open because you
plan to fix it in a currently maintained version, simply change the 'version'
to a later Fedora version prior to Fedora 9's end of life.
Bug Reporter: Thank you for reporting this issue and we are sorry that
we may not be able to fix it before Fedora 9 is end of life. If you
would still like to see this bug fixed and are able to reproduce it
against a later version of Fedora please change the 'version' of this
bug to the applicable version. If you are unable to change the version,
please add a comment here and someone will do it for you.
Although we aim to fix as many bugs as possible during every release's
lifetime, sometimes those efforts are overtaken by events. Often a
more recent Fedora release includes newer upstream software that fixes
bugs or makes them obsolete.
The process we are following is described here:
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.
If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of
Fedora please feel free to reopen this bug against that version.
Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.