Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 87971
Won't allow upgrade from 7.3 to 9
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:52:45 EDT
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Description of problem:
A RedHat 7.3 install exists on a IBM Thinkpad A31P. During the installation of
RedHat 9, no upgrade is possible. RedHat 9 cannot find the RedHat 7.3
installation to allow a upgrade. RedHat 8.0 finds the installation and allows
an upgrade. RedHat 9.0 can't find the 8.0 installation either. RedHat 9.0 in
rescue mode can't find the Red Hat 7.3 installation either.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RedHat Linux 9
Steps to Reproduce:
Expected Results: RedHat 9 finds the previous installation and allows an upgrade.
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hda2 /win vfat uid=500,gid=500 1 0
Disk /dev/hda: 240 heads, 63 sectors, 7752 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 7 52888+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 9 2717 20480040 c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda3 2719 7683 37535400 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 7684 7752 521640 82 Linux swap
I do have 7 MB space before and after my Windows 2000 installation. Maybe that
is confusing it. When I've had Windows NT/2000 think the partition size is
slightly different then what Linux reports and I've had it stomp on the very
beginning on my Linux parition. Hense, I always have a space between paritions.
Did you alter the contents of /etc/redhat-release? The RELEASE-NOTES mention
that the OS detection is based on the contents of that file and if it is
modified, upgrades may not available.
Five months ago I did upgrade to 8.0, but I though 7.3 was still better, so I
downgraded back to 7.3 which turned out to be a several hour task. But I made
it happen. I looked at /etc/redhat-release and it contains the following:
Red Hat Linux release 7.3 (Valhalla)
The MD5sum is 17961197ff42549ed3935aacf438833c and that turns out to be the same
value on a stock Red Hat 7.3 install.
Red Hat 8.0 will find my previous installation find and offer to upgrade.
Thanks for you help in this matter.
I just tried the install again using the "linux upgradeany" when booting the
install CD. RedHat 9 still could not identify my Red Hat installation and
provide me with an upgrade option.
If you use the upgradeany option does the dialog pop up saying it is looking for
I think so. I did it twice just to make sure I didn't mistype the "upgradeany"
option. In the standard install without the "upgradeany" option, the dialog
pops up saying it's looking for previous installations.
You can delete this bug. I've moved to Debian. Thanks for you effort though.
I appreciate it.