Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 81127
Some mountpoints cause filesystem rpm to fail
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:49:31 EDT
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Description of problem:
If you have a mountpoint such as /usr/local or /var/mail, it will cause the
install to fail at the filesystem rpm. Apparently it tries creating these
directories, and is confused that they already exist. Changing the mountpoints
to /usrlocal and /varmail allowed it to proceed, and I can fix them after the
Yes, this sounds unbelievable. And it is. Which is why it took me about 20
hours to diagnose. I am NOT a happy camper.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Create /var/mail and /usr/local mount points
Actual Results: Failed to install on package filesystems.
Expected Results: Normal install.
I used disk druid to partition, but I doubt it matters.
Further testing revealed is was the /var/mail mountpoint causing the problem,
not the /usr/local one. Apparently under RH, /var/mail is a symlink to
/var/spool/mail. If /var/mail exists already as a mountpoint, the symlink
fails, causing the filesystem rpm to fail, and killing the install. The "fix"
is to create /var/spool/mail as your mountpoint. Obviously it would be nice if
a descriptive error were given, rather than just aborting the install.
I will add this to the list of mount points we blacklist.
I'm going through Bugzilla closing some bugs that have been marked as Modified
for some period of time. I believe that most of these issues have been fixed,
so I'm resolving these bugs as Rawhide. If the bug you are seeing still exists,
please reopen this report and mark it as Reopened.