Upgrade to Fedora 9

I wanted to try the newest version of Banshee to see if its MP3 player integration would be better than the combination of Sound Juicer, gPodder, RhythmBox and my homebrewed synchronization scripts for converting FLAC to MP3 for the Sansa Fuze. RPMs aren’t available for Fedora 8 and compilation of source wanted libraries that weren’t available for F8 either, such as gdk-x11-2.0. That and the NVidia driver issue were enough to push me to upgrade Fedora.

I continued my upgrade strategy, which is not to upgrade, really. I created new root and home volumes with the Logical Volume Manager, downloaded the Fedora 9 x64 DVD and started it up. Right away, I had a problem with the video driver. The NV driver loads in 800×600 and the rightmost part of the window is off the display. Switching to text mode sidestepped that problem. Once F9 booted, I logged in as root and created the users.

At this point it was getting late, so I checked that existing OSs were OK. Uh oh. GRUB only lists Fedora 9 and “other”. After panicking, I logged in as root and looked at grub.conf. I knew I had edited that file a few days ago to chose and older kernel, so the emacs backup file would still be there. But it didn’t have the right entries in it. Where did it go? It seems I chose the wrong boot partition in set-up and got my Fedora Core 6 directory. So I looked at the F8 /etc/fstab and found which one it was supposed to be, added that to my F9 fstab in the /mnt directory and moved the old entries to the new grub.conf. Now peace is restored. Or maybe I should say since my wife didn’t see her schoolwork in Vista was missing, disaster was averted.