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Re: Upgrade from FC2 to FC5 on new HD w/no boot record



I was finally able to get around this, myself, to some extent.

I needed to do a few other things, as well...once I'd untar'd, I needed to
edit the /etc/fstab file, to point to the new partition/LV scheme.

The other trick was, then, to disconnect all the drives, reconnect the new
drive to the boot position, boot from the CD in rescue mode, and then
grub-install to the boot sector.  I tried running grub-install to the boot
partition, but it didn't seem to take.

But, now I'm running my workstation under FC2, on the new drive...the next
step will be to upgrade to FC5.

> I've run into a snag with something that I thought would be pretty simple.
>
> Due to a lack of disk space on the drives currently installed in my
> workstation, I'm attempting to move from those 2 drives to one larger one.
>  In this particular case, /usr/lib is 95% full and /var is 89% full.
> Since those are fixed partitions, I can't increase their size, and even if
> I had used LVM, there's no space left on the drives, which hold those
> filesystems, to add to them.  While I was at it, I decided that it would
> be prudent to upgrade to FC5.
>
> I've created two partitions on the new drive, which will be hda1 and
> hda2...hda1 will be my /boot partition, and hda2 was set up as an LVM
> partition, using the rest of thedrive.
>
> I then used the LVM tool to create logical volumes and filesystems on
> them, to match what I have currently (increasing the size of the affected
> LVs to give me room to work).
>
> I then tar'd up the entire system, and untar'd that archive to the new
> drive, so that everything matched...with the noted exception that there is
> no boot record.
>
> The next step was to disconnect the other drives, put this drive in as
> hda, boot from the FC5 CDs.  Anaconda recognized the existing "Fedora Core
> installation".  I instructed it to go ahead and install the boot loader
> (GRUB)...and I've tried to have install into the MBR as well as to the
> /boot partition (/dev/hda1).
>
> After the upgrade has appeared to complete, the system restarts, but never
> gets to the stage2 loader.
>
> I've tried booting in rescue mode, and using grub-install, but to no
> avail.
>
> The only thing I can think of, now, is to try again, excluding the /boot
> filesystem from archive/restoral.
>
> I thought I'd pretty much gotten the entire process figured out, but I'm
> having no luck.  Has anyone else done this type of migration, and if so,
> would you mind sharing, with me, what you did to make it a successful
> migration?
>
> Thanks.
>
>
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