Bug 5798 - /etc/lilo.conf clobbered
/etc/lilo.conf clobbered
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
6.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-10-10 01:39 EDT by chauvin
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:38 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-12-06 09:26:03 EST
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Description chauvin 1999-10-10 01:39:58 EDT
in doing an 'update' from 6.0 to 6.1, i find that all traces
of my /etc/lilo.conf have vanished.  in appears as though
/etc/lilo.conf is not owned by any package and that the
installer just silently overwrote it.

this isn't a really big deal -- just annoying.
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-10-11 10:06:59 EDT
*** Bug 5512 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Upgrading to RHL 6.1 fails to copy the old /etc/lilo.conf to
/etc/lilo.conf.rpmsave

------- Additional Comments From gafton@redhat.com  10/06/99 18:37 -------


*** Bug 5600 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Upgrading the system (or just the lilo package) is killing
the old /etc/lilo.conf file, and not saving a copy in an
.rpmsave file.

The workaround is to make a backup of lilo.conf before you
upgrade.

The real fix is to set up /etc/lilo.conf as a %config file
in the rpm....


------- Additional Comments From ian@caliban.org  10/05/99 17:29 -------
This is the same as #5512
Comment 2 Alan Cox 1999-10-15 16:10:59 EDT
Duplicated here
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-22 12:30:59 EDT
*** Bug 5608 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Extremely annoying, happen in update mode from RH-6.0
It doesn't preserve it in lilo.conf.rpmorig

------- Additional Comments From jturner@redhat.com  10/20/99 15:38 -------


*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5576 ***
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-22 12:32:59 EDT
*** Bug 5951 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


I had a 6.0 install on my system.  I was using System
Commander (a commercial product) to handle loading the
multiple OS's I run (Linux, 98, NT).

I recently tried upgrading to 6.1.  First time thru the
install, I figured I'd try doing an "upgrade" (I normally
do complete re-installs).  I followed the graphical
installer instructions, and 6.1 was installed/upgraded.
When the system rebooted I found that LILO was setup on
my MBR, not on my Linux Partition (as I had been using).

Not exactly what I was expecting.  During an upgrade, why
setup LILO on a partition where it does _not_ exist? I can
see on a new install (and the installer explicitly asks in
that case), but during an upgrade, presumably one does not
change the location of the existing boot loader.  The
installer should _not_ _assume_ the location of the boot
loader.  It should make a best effort to determine where to
install, and then ask if that is what I want.

Anyway, some more data points...

LILO had a 'dos' entry available, so I tried it out.  That
got me into Win98 (not System Commander, and
co-incidentally the OS I booted before my upgrade attempt).
Curious thing though, when I rebooted after that System
Commander came up (and has since).  I presume System
Commander "reinstalled" itself in the MBR somehow.

BTW, I things are really great otherwise, it even detected
my SB!Live card.  Although I don't think it works under SMP
kernels yet, perhaps I try just to see, I'd be pleasantly
surprised if it did work.

------- Additional Comments From jturner@redhat.com  10/21/99 14:24 -------


*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5576 ***
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-22 12:33:59 EDT
*** Bug 6238 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

upgrading from 6.0->6.1 overwrites lilo.conf without giving the victim an
opportunity to specify needed options, like linear.


------- Additional Comments From jturner@redhat.com  10/22/99 12:20 -------


*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5576 ***
Comment 6 Jay Turner 1999-10-22 12:36:59 EDT
*** Bug 5608 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Extremely annoying, happen in update mode from RH-6.0
It doesn't preserve it in lilo.conf.rpmorig

------- Additional Comments From jturner@redhat.com  10/20/99 15:38 -------


*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5576 ***

------- Additional Comments From notting@redhat.com  10/22/99 12:30 -------


*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5798 ***

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