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Old 1st March 2012, 04:39 AM
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After preupgrade to fc16, "file not found" on choosing upgrade boot choice.

This laptop has been happily running FC14 for a year or so. No compatibility problems.

Yesterday I ran preupgrade. It apparently succeeded . . . no errors anywhere along the way that I could see.

After the long "progress bar" showing installs and cleanup reached the end, the system rebooted.

/boot contains the fc16 kernel, and grub.conf shows the "upgrade to fc16" entry.

When I select this boot entry, I get nothing but a "ERROR 15" "file not found" error.

I can reboot and select fc14 . . . which is how I'm typing this.

I'm at a loss on how to proceed.

Here is the grub.conf:
]# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda2
# initrd /initrd-[generic-]version.img
title Upgrade to Fedora 16 (Verne)
kernel /upgrade/vmlinuz preupgrade repo=hd::/var/cache/yum/preupgrade ks=hd:UUID=b136e682-80bc-4e0a-8a00-209be59a8daf:/upgrade/ks.cfg
initrd /upgrade/initrd.img
title Fedora (
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz- ro root=UUID=20eead3b-33f7-4e3c-98aa-08b4ab7d3a4d rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
initrd /initramfs-

Here are the contents of /boot:
[root@fedoralaptop boot]# ls -ltr
total 42288
drwx------ 2 root root 16384 Oct 26 2010 lost+found
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 26 2010 efi
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3771072 Oct 27 09:12 vmlinuz-
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1713144 Oct 27 09:12 System.map-
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 115294 Oct 27 09:12 config-
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 12930259 Nov 13 09:33 initramfs-
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Dec 9 09:39 grub2
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4645952 Feb 20 17:35 vmlinuz-3.2.7-1.fc16.i686.PAE
-rw------- 1 root root 1889008 Feb 20 17:35 System.map-3.2.7-1.fc16.i686.PAE
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 117147 Feb 20 17:35 config-3.2.7-1.fc16.i686.PAE
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18421 Feb 20 17:36 config.mk-compat-wireless-3.3-rc1-2-3.2.7-1.fc16.i686.PAE
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1615619 Feb 28 21:38 initrd-plymouth.img
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 16437043 Feb 28 21:39 initramfs-3.2.7-1.fc16.i686.PAE.img
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Feb 28 21:57 grub
What logs could I look at that might help determine what went wrong?



Last edited by StefanJ; 1st March 2012 at 05:42 AM. Reason: Added error message detail.
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Old 1st March 2012, 05:47 AM
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Re: After preupgrade to fc16, "file not found" on choosing upgrade boot choice.

Take a look in /boot/grub2 and see if there's a grub2.cfg. If so, you probably need to run grub2-install and start using grub2 instead of legacy grub.
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Old 1st March 2012, 06:02 AM
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SOLVEDRe: After preupgrade to fc16, "file not found" on choosing upgrade boot choice.

You nailed it. I found what I needed here:


I was knocking my head in looking for a log that might have told me what went wrong in the early boot process. The key was the "ERROR 15" message, which let me do a ore refined search.

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