redhat 5.1 -> 5.2 problem

redhat 5.1 -> 5.2 problem

Post by Stefano Ghirlan » Thu, 17 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I recently upgraded my redhat 5.1 to 5.2. I am experiencing weird things
since. Something that looks *bad* is this:

stefano: stefano> ls unexisting


and similarly many other error messages from bash and other common
programs, such as ls, are screwed up. I also have various difficulties in
recompiling some programs.

Any one had these problems also?
Any hint to track them down? (I am particularly concerned about things
like the 'ls' example above! )

Thanks to everyone,

 Stefano Ghirlanda, Zoologiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
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1. Problem upgrading redhat 5.1 -> 5.2: mount fails, no rpm database...

I'm trying to upgrade to redhat 5.2 via cdrom.

I boot from the CD, and choose the upgrade option. After flashing a
'second stage install' (or somthing similar) message in the lower
right of the screen, it goes looking for installed packages. The disk
spins for 30 seconds and then I get an error message that says:

  mount: no such file or directory

and there's an OK button, which of course i have to accept. i then
immediately get another error, which says 'rpm database not found' (or

then there's no way out. i can't go back and the advanced menu option
just gives me a blue screen that sits there. i've tried rebuilding my
rpm database (this seems to succeed - at least it exits silently), but
i just get the same messages again.

can anyone shed any light on this? what's it trying to mount, and
where? i have a /mnt that looks fine, and i'd have thought my disk was
already mounted seeing as it has gone looking for my existing packages
already, etc.


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