Strange behavior with upgrade to RH 7.3

Chuck Mead csm at
Fri Sep 6 16:06:46 CEST 2002

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On Fri, 6 Sep 2002, Rich Shepard posted the following:

RS>  Regardless of the amount of planning, Joe, there's a big difference
RS>between those who work professionally as SysAdmins (doing upgrades and
RS>tinkering under the hood all the time) and us end users with dozens of
RS>end-user apps in which we spend our days.

Yes there is.

RS>  I had an experienced SysAdmin working with me and the process still took
RS>several days. This is the worst major version upgrade I've been through
RS>since I first booted RH 4.1 some time in 1997. I'm still finding broken
RS>pieces, such as mozilla working yesterday but not this morning.

With no offense intended to anyone at all I must say that IMHO an
experienced admin should not have let you do this.

RS>  IMO, the problem is more with the RH installer than anything else. It
RS>would not read cdroms reliably from the ATAPI drive until I disconnected
RS>both SCSI buses. No, this is not reasonable, but that's the way it was. We
RS>had four attempts at installing on one box fail at the stage of installing
RS>'chkconfig'. Leaving that out of the selected packages allowed installation
RS>to completion, but then, of course, chkconfig was needed and had to be
RS>manually selected and installed.

Hardware troubles are not uncommon irrespective of the OS. Particularly
if it's a system that has been pieced together over time and not COTS.
But regardless, serious binary incompatibility issues are in play when
you move from RH 6.2 to 7.3 and *I* seriously doubt that I would have
let you do an upgrade... That said... if you partition a system for it
then reinstalling is no big deal. For my own systems I have just dealt
with a reinstall required by a binary compatibility issue with gcc
(Lunar Linux uses gcc 3.2 now up from 2.95) and my partitioning scheme
made it a painless process.

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