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Bug 8109

Summary: RH 6.1 install fails if you have mounted any partitions before package install
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: eric.ayers
Component: installerAssignee: Jay Turner <jturner>
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Version: 6.1CC: srevivo
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Description eric.ayers 2000-01-02 15:59:36 UTC
I am installing Red Hat 6.1 CDROM on a 2 drive system.  (I have RH 5.2 on
the first drive and just got a new 20Gb drive!)

I booted off of the CDROM directly.  I get through the questions about
partitioning, I want it to leave HDA alone, so I chose the Manual Partition
option and created a root and swap on hdb.

When it gets to the part about nameservers, I switched to console 2
to mount my old partition and get the info off of it. I left it
mounted) when it gets to the part about installing packages, I see
an error message "/dev/hda" busy and python wants to break out into
a debugger.  Pretty minor thing, actually. I'm going to try again w/o
mounting /dev/hda!

Comment 1 Jay Turner 2000-02-14 16:48:59 UTC
Try again without mounting /dev/hda.  Depending on where you chose to install
lilo, there is a pretty good chance that the installer would need to write stuff
to the MBR of /dev/hda, so I am betting that is why you got the error message
that you did.  When performing an installation, no partitions on the system
should be mounted other than those mounted by the installer.