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Bug 7687

Summary: Upgrade frpm Red Hat 5.1 -> 6.1 fails
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: cliff
Component: installerAssignee: Jay Turner <jturner>
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Version: 6.1CC: cliff, srevivo
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Description cliff 1999-12-08 20:25:19 UTC

  I recently purchased RH Linux 6.1 and attempted to upgrade my existing
  RH 5.1 system and it failed.  Here's the transcript of what happened :

  (boot floppy for 6.1 and Disk-1 (CD) loaded)

  boot :

  (<cr> for GUI installation/upgrade)

  - load SCSI adaptor aic7xxx
  - probe for mouse type (text below the 'blue screen')
  - message :
    'X startup failed, falling back to text mode' (again below 'blue

  proceeds here...

  - Language Selection : english
  - Keyboard : us

  "Welcome to RedHat Linux" splash-screen appears

  - Installation Type : Upgrade Existing Installation

  - more messages appear :

   "searching for RedHat Linux Installations"
   "looking for packages"
   "reading package information"

  Then the error occurs, with the traceback :

  Exception Occured

  Traceback (innermost last) :
  File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 225,
  in ?, test = test)
  "../../../RedHat/instimage/usr/lib/python1.5/site_packages/", line
1000 in run
  rc = apply(step[1](), step[2])
  "../../../RedHat/instimage/usr/lib/python1.5/site_packages/", line
251 in __call__
  todo.upgradeFindPackages (root)
  "../../../RedHat/instimage/usr/lib/python1.5/site_packages/", line
1154, in upgradeFindPackages
line 602, in mountFileSystems
  isys.makeDevInode(device, '/tmp' + device)
  "/usr/lib/python1.5/site_packages/", line 64, in
makeDevInode(name, fn)
  SystemError: (0, "Error')

  Now I select the "debug" menu item and the bottom and get the message
  "Finding Packages to Upgrade"  followed by :

  > /usr/lib/python1.5/site_packages/
 -> return _isys.mkdevinode(name, fn)

  At this point I abort the upgrade.

Any Thoughts?  I've been running RH 5.1 just fine since it was released


Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-01-06 21:02:59 UTC
assigned to jturner

Comment 2 Jay Turner 2000-02-09 20:59:59 UTC
The error that you are getting is a result of the installer not being able to
create the inode in order to mount your existing filesystem to determine which
installation to upgrade.  The first thing that comes to mind is that you do not
have enough drive space in order to perform the upgrade, but that is really just
a guess at this point.  The only other thing that I can imagine is that you do
not have permissions on the filesystem where it is trying to create the inode,
but this is really a stretch.  Reopen this bug if you are still having problems
with the installation.