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Re: F9 ---> F11 server update with preupgrade?

On Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:29:06 -0700
stan <gryt2 q com> wrote:

> On Fri, 17 Jul 2009 01:11:52 +0200
> Peter Diercks <di jls-hh de> wrote:
> > Hello List!
> > 
> > I am running Fedora 9 on a remote dedicated server leased from a
> > service provider. Access is through SSH. It is a LAMP server with
> > moodle (an educational cms) as the only application. I want to
> > upgrade to Fedora 11, and I need some advice as to which method to
> > choose. Should I
> > 
> > - use preupgrade-cli for a direct upgrade F9 to F11?
> > - use preupgrade-cli for upgrading to F10 first, and then to F11?
> > - avoid upgrading with preupgrade-cli at all, and do a fresh F11
> > install instead?
> > 
> > I prefer one of the first two methods over the latter one, but I
> > remember reading many complaints about preupgrade.
> > 
> > Thanks in advance for your help,
> > 
> > Peter
> > 
> > 
> Your first option is not possible.  Preupgrade can't be used for that,
> at least that is what I found when I used it to upgrade F9.  It
> failed, by the way, but I don't think it could be blamed on
> preupgrade.  I didn't do in depth investigation because I was going
> to wipe the partition anyway and was only experi So it is either 2 or
> 3.  

This didn't come out right, so I am completing it here.  The preupgrade
failed at the reboot when it couldn't find the kernel it wanted to
boot.  I had custom compiled kernels on that system, and I think it got
confused by their naming.  The preupgrade said it completed
successfully, and said I just had to reboot to complete it, but it kept
getting kernel not found. Because I was just experimenting to test
preupgrade functionality, I didn't spend a lot of time determining a
solution before I wiped the partition.  I suspect more effort would
have salvaged the upgrade.

I have upgraded successfully in the past with only small problems
afterwards with configuration cleanup.

> I prefer fresh installs, restoring any customized pieces on the new
> system.

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