Thanks to all those who replied to my request for 2.4 upgrade help, we have
been able to sort out our problems.
> 1) After the rules.ok file gets checked ok the upgrade procedure hangs
> (using ps from a cmdtool show no upgrade processes running - it just
> dropped out leaving the upgrade window sitting there - no messages)
This problem turned out to be a bug in the upgrade procedure which causes
an "fsck" infinite loop. To get past it one needs to "kill -9" any stuck
fsck process from another root session (we start a cmdtool from OW). This
problem occurs without apparent pattern.
> 2) The "pfupgrade" command fails with a segmentation violation.
After trying many suggestions (including truss'ing the pfupgrade, running
"sunupgrade" with the Bourne shell -x option etc) without success, we
eventually decided to reload the install software from CDROM - which fixed
the problem! We have yet to find out what file became corrupted.
Here was my original request:
> > Has anyone had any luck upgrading Solaris 2.4 machines using a custom
> > jumpstart from and install server?
> > We have had very mixed results from barely successful to absolute failures,
> > yet cannot find a pattern. The machines being upgraded are all dataless
> > clients with similar configurations. We are getting two failure points:
> > 1) After the rules.ok file gets checked ok the upgrade procedure hangs
> > (using ps from a cmdtool show no upgrade processes running - it just
> > dropped out leaving the upgrade window sitting there - no messages)
> > 2) The "pfupgrade" command fails with a segmentation violation.
> > In both cases we have been able to rescue the situation by running
> > "pfupgrade" manually from the cmdtool after setting the right switches -
> > this is not how we would like to do the rest of our 30 clients.
> > The install server has the latest 2.4 recommended patches installed plus
> > those from the hardware 11/94 CD.
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