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Re: Error 15: File not found after FC 5 Install

At 10:39 AM -0500 5/22/06, Jeff Vian wrote:
>On Mon, 2006-05-22 at 08:30 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
>>     Nope. I was stupid enough to try and upgrade a FC2 with FC5 and the
>> upgrade went real good. It went to completion and then it said reboot
>> and come back up. I did so and there is NO WAY in HECK this thing will
>> come up. There is a mixture of FC2 and FC5 in /boot/ and /boot/grub/ and
>> I spent a few hours trying to get it going and gave up. I had lots of
>> Error 15: File not found and other non-helpful error messages.

There is nothing wrong in simply having such a "mixture".  I have such a
"mixture" on my machine, as do other people.  Some of the grub stanzas
refer to kernels that boot to an FC3 volume, others refer to kernels that
boot to an FC5 volume.  /boot is a seperate partition from /.  All that
matters when booting is that the grub commands are sensible and that the
kernel and its ramdisk are there and the target volume has the rest of the

>This is *exactly* why an *upgrade* is not supported.
>It is impossible for the developers to know exactly what the
>configuration (Version, Kernel, update status, packages installed, etc)
>of your machine is at the time the upgrade is installed. Thus a clean
>install/upgrade cannot in any way be assured.

I copied my FC3 partition, got the copy working, and upgraded the copy to
FC5.  Earlier, I had done a clean install of FC5t3 on that partition.  Both
worked fine.  /boot contains kernels for both partitions.

The previously installed kernels, etc. are not relevent to the installer,
which doesn't use them, or upgrade them, or do anything except install a
new kernel and ramdisk and muck with grub.conf.

>To be certain the new install will work first time it should be done as
>a clean install, wiping out all prior OS parts to do it.

Clean installs also fail sometimes.
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