Pre-upgrade to F13Beta can't find my root filesystem

Kevin J. Cummings cummings at
Tue May 4 21:24:19 UTC 2010

On 05/04/2010 05:05 PM, James Laska wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-05-04 at 16:34 -0400, Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
>> On 05/04/2010 02:06 PM, James Laska wrote:
>>> If you are attempting to upgrade from Fedora 10 (which is end of life),
>>> you'll likely want to use a Fedora 13 boot.iso or DVD.  The latest
>>> preupgrade packages are not available for EOL'd versions of Fedora.
>>> It's possible you could take the latest preupgrade code [1], and rebuild
>>> and run it on your Fedora 10 system.  But your mileage will vary.
>> Yes, yes, yes.  It has already downloaded the necessary F13 packages,
>> and the installer can't find my root partition to mount.  I was hoping
>> someone could tell me *what* it was looking for that it couldn't find,
>> and what I could do to help it find it....  All it needs to do is mount
>> the necessary partitions and then start the installations.  Somewhere
>> there is a script or program that would logically be the next step(s), I
>> was hoping someone could point them out to me....
>> I suppose I could just mount them by hand at that point, and to the RPM
>> updates by hand....  I was hoping for a more automated process that
>> would work.
> preupgrade is the automated process.  You'll likely need to get your
> hands dirty to work around any issues that are resolved in newer
> preupgrade releases.
> You can try building and running the latest preupgrade on your Fedora 10
> system.
> Or, you can try playing with the boot arguments preupgrade setup.  I
> don't have them listed in front of me at the moment, but you need to
> tell the installer where to find the packages on disk (repo=), and where
> to find the stage#2 install image (stage2=).

Good catch, my repo= was:  hd::/var/cache/yum/preupgrade
Since /var/ is a mounted partition, I changed it to include /var's UUID
and modified the path to /cache/yum/preupgrade
I'll give that a try.


> Acceptable values for both parameters are listed at
> Thanks,
> James

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