Bug 862371 - Anaconda fails to upgrade from F17 to F18
Summary: Anaconda fails to upgrade from F17 to F18
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 18
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Will Woods
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-10-02 18:08 UTC by Germano Massullo
Modified: 2019-07-24 17:08 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2014-02-05 22:48:54 UTC
Type: Bug

Attachments (Terms of Use)
screen1 (34.97 KB, image/png)
2012-10-02 18:08 UTC, Germano Massullo
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screen2 (38.51 KB, image/png)
2012-10-02 18:08 UTC, Germano Massullo
no flags Details

Description Germano Massullo 2012-10-02 18:08:37 UTC
Created attachment 620418 [details]

Description of problem:
I installed a VirtualBOX virtual machine to test the upgrade with preupgrade from Fedora 17 KDE to Fedora 18 KDE.
When I rebooted and Anaconda started, after a few moments the screen entered into graphic mode, then I got an error message "An error had occurred" and immediately a complete black screen.
I cannot paste here error messages since I can't copy messages from the virtual machine, then I have to take screenshots.
If I press ctrl+alt+f1 I get messages like in screenshot n.1
If I press ctrl+alt+f3 I get messages like in screenshot n.2

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Don't know how to get infos about versions.

Comment 1 Germano Massullo 2012-10-02 18:08:56 UTC
Created attachment 620419 [details]

Comment 2 Jesse Keating 2012-10-02 18:20:09 UTC
Anaconda won't be used for upgrades, a new tool is being worked on.

Comment 3 Steve Tyler 2012-10-15 03:37:32 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> Created attachment 620419 [details]
> screen2

Thanks for posting these screenshots. The last two lines read:

ERR anaconda: Error running metacity: SIGCHLD caught when trying to start the X server.
ERR anaconda: Problems running the window manager: Error running metacity: SIGCHLD caught when trying to start the X server.

Those are identical to the last two lines of anaconda.log attached to:
Bug 864547 - occasional black screen after installation is finished

Comment 4 Germano Massullo 2012-10-20 17:45:43 UTC
I tried again with a fresh F17 virtual machine and I get same errors

Comment 5 Thomas Oulevey 2012-11-27 22:14:55 UTC
I have the same error on my Thinkpad T410s with Nvidia graphic card.

Comment 6 Steve Tyler 2012-11-29 03:05:26 UTC
The new upgrade tool is called FedUp:

"FedUp (FEDora UPgrader) is the name of a new system for upgrading Fedora installs starting with Fedora 18. It will be replacing all of the currently recommended upgrade methods (PreUpgrade and DVD) that have been used in previous Fedora releases."


$ sudo repoquery fedup --releasever=18

fedup is going to need testing ...

Comment 7 Germano Massullo 2012-11-29 14:35:30 UTC
Just created bugreport #881764 for fedup.
Do you think we should close this bugreport, since now fedup is the official upgrade method?

Comment 8 Steve Tyler 2012-11-29 17:36:59 UTC
Thanks for your report:
Bug 881764 - fedup F17 to F18 upgrade failure 

preupgrade is installed from both the F17 Live CD and the F17 DVD, so users are likely to be trying to use preupgrade to upgrade from F17 to F18.

Will: Users shouldn't be wasting their time trying to use preupgrade when it isn't going to work. Is there a plan to obsolete preupgrade?

Comment 9 Will Woods 2012-11-30 22:40:59 UTC
Yeah, the package should probably get retired.

PackageKit requires preupgrade; we'll need to make sure fedup provides whatever PackageKit needs.

Once that's settled we can remove the 'Requires: preupgrade' from PackageKit and add:
  Obsoletes: preupgrade < %{preupgrade_final_ver}

to fedup, and (if I'm reading [1] correctly) that will do it.

So, Richard - do you know what PackageKit needs from preupgrade?

[1] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrade_paths_%E2%80%94_renaming_or_splitting_packages

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