Bug 7987 - "Successful" install = unusable system
Summary: "Successful" install = unusable system
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-12-24 20:06 UTC by schwim
Modified: 2015-01-07 23:40 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-02-22 20:11:18 UTC

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Description schwim 1999-12-24 20:06:22 UTC
I finally got several "successful" installs of 6.1 on my system after many
retries.  By successful I mean that installation actually completed to the
end.  However, of the 3 completed installs, all were basically pretty
messed up.

In the first case, at boot no modules were loaded, and errors were thrown
stating an incorrect kernel verions in /boot/System.map.  A "uname -r"
reported kernel 2.2.5-15 was running.  Looking in the /lib/modules
directory revealed that all modules were installed under the 2.2.12-20
directory.  Modprobe was using the "uname -r" method to determine the
module directory and thus was trying to load modules that did not exist.
I experimented and copied the /lib/modules/2.2.12-20 directory
to /lib/modules/2.2.5-15 and rebooted.  MANY errors were the result at
boot time, all specifying incorrect versions.  Rather than screw around
any more, I decided to rebuild.

After two more "successful" completions of the install, I came across the
errors "VFS error: could not mount root fs" and "could not find
initrc.img" resulting in a kernel panic.

System info: previously running version 6.0 flawlessly
Model: IBM 466DX2/Dp
i486 DX2 - 66MHz
32MB Ram
Adaptec AHA-1542
3com 3c509
NE2000 compat.

Comment 1 Jay Turner 2000-02-22 20:11:59 UTC
If this was an upgrade, then lilo is installed in a different place than it was
previously and therefore the system is booting an old lilo installation, which
is loading an old kernel.  I would suggest making sure that lilo is installed to
the same location as before the upgrade and then your problems should be

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