Update broken, PCMCIA broken, up2date broken...
colohan+ at cs.cmu.edu
Sat May 22 20:25:46 UTC 2004
I just installed FC2 yesterday, and had a number of issues with the
install. I was wondering how common these problems are (as were my
friends at CMU, before attempting the upgrade themselves).
Background: I am upgrading a laptop which was already running FC1. The
system was kept up to date with yum, and the only additional major
change I made was to upgrade to KDE 3.2.2. This laptop has run every
version of RedHat since 7.1 without any problems. I am doing the
install from the ISO images stored on my hard disk, using the directions
I have posted at: http://www.colohan.com/docs/fedora_upgrade.html. The
laptop is a Dell Inpsiron 4000, 550MHz PII, 256MB RAM, plenty of free
disk space, networked via a Lucent PCMCIA wireless card.
1. Upgrading fails. At first, I figured I would try to upgrade from
FC1 to FC2. The upgrade projected an install time of over 2 hours! (By
comparison, a fresh install took 25 minutes.) After about an hour of
crunching, the machine stopped doing anything while installing the
umb-scheme RPM. I let it hang for an hour, and killed the upgrade.
(Given this vague description I decided not to file a bug report, since
I am not sure how useful it is...)
I then decided to wipe my FC1 partition clean, and do a fresh install.
It worked fine, until I rebooted....
2. PCMCIA does not work. This is a known bug, and has been known for
quite some time!
(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=116205) I am
curious -- does this bug affect all PCMCIA systems, or just the one that
I happen to have in my machine? Needless to say, the system is pretty
useless without PCMCIA, since this means I have no network connection...
3. Libelf is installed incorrectly. This is trivial to fix, and I
filed a bug report:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=123865 This also
will probably not affect very many people...
4. up2date doesn't work. Frankly, I have never gotten up2date to work
once, on any version of Redhat. This version is prettier than most,
until it hangs during package downloading. I am not doing anything
unusual -- just starting it up, and saying "yeah, upgrade everything
that is out of date". Most of my redhat running friends have never
gotten it to work either. Are we all on crack, or are we all missing
Apart from these issues the upgrade went well -- it is nice to have KDE
3.2.2 built in, and up2date has enough nice features that I really
really wish it worked! Thank you for your hard work...
Chris Colohan Email: chris at colohan.ca PGP: finger colohan at cs.cmu.edu
Web: www.colohan.com Phone: (412)268-4751
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