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Re: FC1/FC2 or RedHat9

Paul wrote:

I had redhat 9 and last weekend upgraded (not installed) FC2.
The upgrade failed. If you have a newer system that can boot
from a cdrom, then you will not have the problem I had, but
if yours is an older machine ... do not expect to be able to
upgrade - go to FC2 install.

Very odd. I went from RH8 to FC2 on one box at the start of the week. It
took a bit longer than a fresh install, but then having done a pile of
FC1 to FC2 upgrades, I knew what too look for.

Other than the usual problem I've had with sound and xfree86, it went
like a dream.

For the xfree86, I dropped to single user and did

rpm -e xfree86 xfree86-devel

This gave a pile of dependancies.

rpm -e <all of the xf86 stuff>

Rebooted to the install disc and did the upgrade. I then checked to see
if /etc/X11/xorg.conf had been created and if it hadn't editted
XF86Config so that where it referred to XF86, it now referred to xorg

Sound was a bit more of a pain, but really, it was just changing
sound-card to snd-card in modprobe.conf




I have an old VALinux machine and it does not appear to be able to boot from cdrom (well, if completely ignoring the fact that there is a boot cd present is failing to boot from a cdrom...).

I started the upgrade by mounting disc1 and:
mount /dev/cdrom
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/isolinux/vmlinuz /boot/FC2-install
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/isolinux/initrd.img /boot/FC2-install.img
umount /mnt/cdrom
and add entry like:
title Fedora Core 2 Installation
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /FC2-install
        initrd /FC2-install.img
(use /boot/FC2... when not relative to /boot)
to your /etc/grub.conf, then reboot into "Fedora Core 2 Installation".
During the install choose Hard Disk installation and point the installer
at the partition with ISOs.

When I finished the upgrade the /boot/initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img
was missing (From the grub gui I dropped into the command mode and
listed what was in the /boot directory), but /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358
was there (neither of the FC2-install* files were there).

So, I am dead in the water. Can not boot from cd, can not boot from disc, can not mount cdrom to copy initrd file to /boot directory.

I only thing I can think of doing now is buying that new system I've
always wanted, put FC2 on it, mounting old system's disk that contains
the /boot directory, copying the initrd file to it, put the disk back
into the old system and then try to boot.

Sorry for hijacking this thread but Paul is the first responder who
has stated that upgrading works.


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