F12->F13 DVD Upgrade fails

Jake Walters jwalters at redhat.com
Wed May 26 16:57:58 UTC 2010

On 05/26/2010 12:51 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-05-26 at 11:07 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>> I downloaded the F13 final ISO image for x86_64 using Bittorrent,
>> verified the SHA254 checksum, burned the DVD, rebooted, verified the
>> media, and attempted to upgrade.
>> I get this message immediately after selecting the install drive and
>> hitting Next:
>>                                      Error
>>         Unable to read package metadata. This may be due to a missing
>>         repodata directory. Please ensure that your install tree has
>>         been correctly generated.
>>         Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository:
>>         anaconda-InstallationRepo-201005130101.x86_64. Please verify its
>>         path and try again.
>> I rebooted and rechecked the media, and did it all again, with the same
>> result.
>> Two points here:
>> 1) This appears to be something missing from the DVD, in which case it's
>> surprising it hasn't been noticed before. Maybe I'm the first to try
>> upgrading a x86_64 system from DVD?
>> 2) The error message is of little practical use to average user. "Please
>> ensure that your install tree has been correctly generated"? How? Verify
>> the path? WTF?
> Further to the above, I decided to try installing from the hard disk.
> The Installation Guide says you can use "linux askmethod" at boot time
> to point to an image of the installation DVD. What it doesn't say
> clearly enough is that you can't do this by booting the DVD itself (why
> on Earth not?). I finally figured I needed a Boot CD-ROM, so off I go to
> the "images" directory on the DVD to copy it.
> However nothing in that directory is labelled as an .iso image file. The
> README talks about "boot.iso" but there is no such file on the entire
> DVD (I verified with "find").
> This is all turning out to be far harder than it should be. I've
> upgraded every version of Fedora since at least FC7 and never had this
> much trouble. Wasn't this supposed to be getting easier?
> Now I'm left wondering if I can configure the DVD image as a repo and
> somehow use Preupgrade on it. Shouldn't this be an option in any case?
> poc
I actually upgraded my laptop from f12 x86_64 --> f13 x86_64 last night
with no problem at all...bad mirror download maybe?

Jake Walters
Systems Administrator
Red Hat, Inc
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