Description of problem:
Dell Dimension 4100 with a second 20GB IBM harddrive.
I had a corrupt partition Windows98 Fat32X.
This partition (before it became corrupted) had been mounted by my RedHat 7.2
Anaconda would neither allow me to upgrade nor do a fresh install of RedHat 8.0
to my linux partitions because of this corrupt partition.
[The first hardrive has Windows98 on it, the second harddrive had various
partitions Linux partitions on it with a large (~6GB or ~8GB, i forget) windows
partition at the end. The windows partition on the second drive became
corrupted and i hope to at some point figure out what was wrong with it and
possibly recover the data. Eventually i gave up and wiped the corrupt windows
What sort of error did you get if you attempted to install or upgrade?
It was a few weeks ago and it is difficult to remember.
I think it was something relatively simple like
'unable to mount partition' and then start again, or words to that effect.
Sorry i cannot be more specific.
If perhaps there is a copy of the anaconda source in LXR or something i can
browse online i would be willing to look through and see if i can recognise the
error that occured.
Thanks for your time, it is a pretty obscure problem I almost did not think it
was worth reporting.
On an upgrade, if you have a filesystem listed in your fstab that can't be
mounted, then yes, you would get that error and it's not something that's really
fixable (how do you define a "necessary" partition, especially when people start
symlinking things when they run out of space). I'd expect a fresh install where
you weren't trying to mount the partition to work, though.