Solaris 2.5 ---> Solaris 2.6 -- won't let me upgrade

Solaris 2.5 ---> Solaris 2.6 -- won't let me upgrade

Post by Rob Tann » Wed, 11 Mar 1998 04:00:00



I have an Ultra 1 running Solaris 2.5, and I need to upgrade to 2.6.  But
the install/upgrade process only gives me an "initial install" option.
Help!! Help!!

I have already gone through the troubleshooting process and verified that
INST_RELEASE has the proper contents and is not sym-linked anywhere.
Also, I have no metadevices, and vfstab has no invalid swap enteries,
etc.  I have even called Sun support (after all, I have a Silver
contract), and that has been no help.  They had me make a couple of
changes in vfstab related to fsck passes and such, and when that made no
difference, they had me exit the install and manually fsck /, /var, and
/usr, and then restart.  That, too, made no difference.

I have a lot of commercial and GPL licensed packages installed, and so
just going ahead with an initial install is a very last resort solution.

Has anyone else gone through the same hoops?  What finally fixed it?

Thanks much,
Rob Tanner

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 Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

 
 
 

Solaris 2.5 ---> Solaris 2.6 -- won't let me upgrade

Post by Dave Wotto » Thu, 12 Mar 1998 04:00:00



>I have an Ultra 1 running Solaris 2.5, and I need to upgrade to 2.6.  But
>the install/upgrade process only gives me an "initial install" option.
>Help!! Help!!

>I have already gone through the troubleshooting process and verified that
>INST_RELEASE has the proper contents and is not sym-linked anywhere.

Hi,

the last time this one came up in the newsgroup, the usual reason was that
the /var/sadm directory had been moved and sym-linked. Remember that during
the install process /var is mounted as /a/var so any absolute symlinks into
this directory won't work and the install can't recognise that it's doing an
upgrade. You CAN move /var/sadm and symlink it, but must make sure that any
symlinks are of the form:  somewhere -> ../../somewhere_else.

Take a look at deja-news for previous discussions on this, or email me if
you need more help.

HTH, Dave,
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Solaris 2.5 ---> Solaris 2.6 -- won't let me upgrade

Post by Dave Wotto » Thu, 12 Mar 1998 04:00:00



>I have an Ultra 1 running Solaris 2.5, and I need to upgrade to 2.6.  But
>the install/upgrade process only gives me an "initial install" option.
>Help!! Help!!

>I have already gone through the troubleshooting process and verified that
>INST_RELEASE has the proper contents and is not sym-linked anywhere.

Hi,

the last time this one came up in the newsgroup, the usual reason was that
the /var/sadm directory had been moved and sym-linked. Remember that during
the install process /var is mounted as /a/var so any absolute symlinks into
this directory won't work and the install can't recognise that it's doing an
upgrade. You CAN move /var/sadm and symlink it, but must make sure that any
symlinks are of the form:  somewhere -> ../../somewhere_else.

Take a look at deja-news for previous discussions on this, or email me if
you need more help.

HTH, Dave,
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