another upgrade, another disaster

Josh Boyer jwboyer at
Thu Jun 7 12:47:53 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 4:33 AM, Benny Amorsen <benny+usenet at> wrote:
> Josh Boyer <jwboyer at> writes:
>> The magic was quite specified.  You rebuild the initramfs with the
>> convertfs module included, and pass the approriate arguments on boot.
>> There's a wiki page covering exactly that.
> Yes, the invokation is specified in detail. There just isn't any
> documentation of what it actually does, to enable you to e.g. do it by
> hand or have a guess at fixing it if it goes wrong. That is just too
> risky for me.

It moves all the content from /lib and /bin to /usr/lib and /usr/bin
respectively and then makes /lib and /bin symlinks.  The wiki page
actually tells you this.

Also, this is Open Source software, not magic.  You can always read
the code, which is ultimately the best documentation if you want to
know _exactly_ what it does.

> You cannot upgrade from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17 in an OpenVZ guest,
> because those don't run an initrd at all (or even a separate kernel).

Yes you can.  You just have to be willing to figure it out.


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