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Re: FC10 to FC11 upgrade

On Fri, 2009-11-20 at 09:27 -0600, Steve Reindl wrote:
So far this is what I've learned. If you upgrade using "preupgrade" make sure your /boot partition is 300MB or there will not be enough room and while the upgrade appears to have worked OK it will fail upon reboot. (Your mileage may vary).

Using the DVD to upgrade will also fail because "preupgrade" has dumped over 100 MB into /boot/upgrade that leaves about 19MB in /boot. (Again your mileage may vary).


The solution to the out-of-space problem in /boot is to know what preupgrade did, and then compensate before running the actual upgrade. You might think this would work:
# cd /boot
# mv upgrade /tmp/upgrade
# ln -s /tmp/upgrade upgrade
Actually this doesn't work because /boot is a partition, and when the installer starts it gets mounted as /mnt/sysimage/boot.  The soft link doesn't work.

Michael Chronenworth posted a solution on the fedora-list mail list. He moved install.img from /boot to a thumb drive. When anaconda doesn't find it in /boot, it asks for its location. Point anaconda to the thumb drive and your upgrade will proceed without a hitch.