Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 708343
Fatal error during F14->15 upgrade package install breaks system
Last modified: 2012-08-07 14:11:45 EDT
Description of problem: After preupgrade on F14, during installation, when installing packages, anaconda gives a message box that a fatal error occurred when installing openjpeg-devel. After this, my system is not bootable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): n/a
How reproducible: probably not.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run preupdate.
2. boot into anaconda.
Actual results: see above.
Expected results: update installs packages.
Additional info: Trying anaconda again results in the same error (ie the same package).
There doesn't seem to be any way to recover from this.
Progress report: Using Fedora Live, I mounted my partitions and erased openjpeg-devel. I then restarted anaconda and it went ahead and installed the remaining packages.
However, when I went to reboot, the system was still not bootable. Specifically, it gives a kernel panic saying that it cannot find a partition to mount.
I notice that there is no initrd in the new grub.conf, but maybe this is a F15 feature.
I tried rebooting using the F14 kernel, and this gets a lot further, but does not give me a shell prompt. It puts out lots of messages saying that systemd-kmesg-syslogd.servivce has failed with status 218, whatever that means.
- the yum repository is still set to version 14
- there are many, many duplicate packages ("yum-presto-0.6.2-3.fc15.noarch is a duplicate with yum-presto-0.6.2-2.fc14.noarch...") and yum will not process them
- from grub,conf:
title Fedora (184.108.40.206-27.fc15.i686)
kernel /vmlinuz-220.127.116.11-27.fc15.i686 ro root=UUID=c136a7a6-830e-41a6-b4bc-9d44bc6f2c08 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 LANG=en_AU.UTF-8 KEYTABLE=us selinux=0
It is this entry that I was using when I got the kernel panic. The old F14 entries are similar (eg the root line) but they have an initrd line as well.
I have exactly the same problem... I need help to solve it
Likewise. The partially upgraded system is still at the old kernel level but has most of systemd installed. I can get to a login prompt but it never gives the password prompt before it times out sixty seconds later.
I had the exact same problem. I was able to get the system to boot by using the rescue on the netinstall cd. I had to re-download the kernel rpm. Then I did an:
rpm -e --nodeps kernel-18.104.22.168-27.fc15.x86_64, and then reinstall the kernel.
There's still the issue of the duplicate rpms.
There is built-in duplicate RPM removal in Yum Utils
yum install yum-utils
For those who need help reviving their system (and I'm only part of the way there),,,
You need to interrupt GRUB to alter the boot parameters to drop you into single user mode as root. Add a space character and a numeric character 1 to the boot line for a known good kernel.
Once in as root, remove the RPM causing the grief
rpm -e openjpeg-devel
Reboot and choose the Upgrade to Lovelock option.
Let Anaconda do its thing. If you are lucky you have a working system after the reboot. If not, use the GRUB menu to again drop into single user root mode.
Get your machine networked. The simplest approach is simply to plug in an ethernet cable and hopefully
will get you a working network. From there
yum install yum-utils
and possibly some judicious removal of "bad" RPMs
Removal of the duplicate RPMS has left me with a decent working system.
One important point: do not attempt to run systemd on the F14 kernel - it will just about run but the system-logger continuously returned status 218. Even the text console is slow when this is happening. Use the F15 kernel to avoid this issue. I had to reinstall the kernel to get a properly set up initial ram disk.
If you are stuck with a zero-second timeout in GRUB and can't apply the information from Comment 7, create a Live USB key or CD and boot from that. Mount your /boot partition and edit /boot/grub/grub.conf to give you a non-zero timeout. Remeember to save and unmount the partition before rebooting.
(As reporter) I have reinstalled F15 from the live disk, so I do not need this any more.
The problem that I was unable to solve was that the F15 kernel was unable to mount my root file system. I tried various GRUB options but nothing worked. I was able to mount the file system as non-root from the live disk. (The reason that I have taken this long from raising the bug till reporting this comment is that I backed everything up to a new drive before repartitioning and installing).
I have also faced this issue, upgrading from F14 x86_64 to F15, but I could solve it following some suggestions that where written here and others around the net. What I did to make the installation finish correctly is the following:
First, once anaconda failed with the openjpeg-devel package, I rebooted the computer and ran F14 in "single" mode (added "single" to the kernel line in the grub entry). F14 complained about some deprecated stuff but it finally took me to a usable terminal. I removed the package using the "$ rpm -e openjpeg-devel" command, I tried using yum before that, but it couln't complete the transaction.
Once the offending package was removed, booting back to the Update process (grub entry) worked flawlessly and the install procedure finished correctly. But F15 didn't boot though, the error message was: "kernel panic-not syncing VFS:unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)".
After a little bit of fiddling, I discovered that the grub entry for F15 missed the initrd line. Closer inspection (booting back into F14 single mode) also revealed that there was only one initramfs file in the /boot, the one corresponding to the F14 kernel. I was unsure whether the F15 kernel was installed correctly so I decided to reinstall it all together. This is, more or less, what I did (the download url was reverse engineered from yum's repositories):
# kernel-22.214.171.124-27.fc15.x86_64 is the one installed by anaconda when I did the preupgrade, yours could be different
$ rpm -e kernel-126.96.36.199-27.fc15.x86_64
$ wget http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/updates/15/x86_64/kernel-188.8.131.52-27.fc15.x86_64.rpm
$ rpm -i kernel-184.108.40.206-27.fc15.x86_64.rpm
(I got 5 or 6 warnings about possible missing firmwares.)
After the installation was complete, I confirmed that a ramdisk was created for this kernel and decided to reboot. Finally, F15 booted. I checked I was running the correct kernel with "$ uname -r".
The system seems stable (running KDE4) although networking has to be started by hand ($ system network start) and yum had a weird behaviour where it echoed into the screen all the installed packages when printing the transaction results... but after a reboot it seems to have... stabilized.
In any case:
- Removing offending package with rpm -e
- Completing anaconda install
- Reinstalling kernel
... seems to work.
Same bug here. I used mkinitrd and edited grub.conf instead of reinstalling the kernel, otherwise nice solutions, guys.
I ran into this problem going from F14 to F16, so it seems still to be an issue, at least if the base version is F14.
I have also hit this bug. My solution was just to roll back to an image of the root partition I made before upgrading. I think it's reported to the wrong people. If someone could reassign this bug to anaconda and openjpeg, that would be great.
Also related is bug 707909 which is assigned to anaconda.
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