Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 7987
"Successful" install = unusable system
Last modified: 2015-01-07 18:40:12 EST
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
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
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