upgrade F12 with small raid1 boot partition

Robert Arkiletian robark at gmail.com
Tue Nov 15 04:28:18 UTC 2011

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM, Bruno Wolff III <bruno at wolff.to> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 09:49:21 -0800,
>  Robert Arkiletian <robark at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Going from F12 to F14
>> 200MB /boot partition (software raid1)
>> I know Preupgrade won't work as /boot is too small.
>> Can I use an F14 netinstall cd with Anaconda to upgrade or does that
>> also require a larger /boot partition?
> You should be able to use yum to do the upgrade. You'll probably need to
> handle a few quirks by hand. I have kitchen sync installs including some
> stuff from rpmfusion and I usually need to handle a few packages blocking
> upgrades of other packages. If you have a default install and are not
> using third party repos or one off packages, the upgrade may just work.
> There were a few release transitions that had special problems (e.g. there
> was one where the rpm format changed), but f12-f14 was long enough ago,
> that I don't remember if either of those was special. If so you may need
> to go from f12 to f13 and then to f14.
> As a side note, F14 is losing support in less than a month. It may make
> more sense to backup /home and /etc and do a fresh install of f16, restore
> /home and look to see if any of your change in /etc need to be ported.
> Doing that would possibly be faster than a series of upgrades.

Here is a question.
Currently got /boot as a separate raided partition. What if I boot
into linux rescue mode with install cd and copy /boot dir to the /
partition. Essentially removing the separate /boot partition. Then

/etc/fstab          (remove /boot partition mount)

to point to the right partition. Then re-install grub to the mbr.  Do
I also need to rebuild my initrd image too?

It should reboot fine correct?

I don't really care about losing use of that 200MB array. It's so
small. Shouldn't I be able to use preupgrade then without issue?

Robert Arkiletian
Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada

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