Improvements to ?

Michael H. Warfield mhw at
Sun Sep 28 16:47:03 IST 2008

Hey Juian!

	Wow...  Serendipity or what.  I was just in the middle of a yum upgrade
of some Fedora 8 systems to Fedora 9 and ran smack into a bloody
nightmare with MailScanner.  The problem here is that Fedora 8 had perl
5.8 and had all the modules installed for that.  Fedora 9 has perl 5.10.
The yum upgrade (which was also nightmarish due to the signing key
rollover and a dependency hell on openssl and openldap) upgraded all the
base perl stuff but not the MailScanner stuff.  Trying to reinstall
MailScanner seems to work but then it doesn't run, complaining about
Hostname/ not existing amongst others (fix one and there's more).
The problem is, the rpm is installed but for the wrong version of perl
and wasn't upgraded and the install doesn't install it because it thinks
it's already there, even though the .pm module is in the wrong version
directory.  I had to manually build and install the bad modules until
MailScanner would restart.

	I strongly suspect that this would be the case even if I did not use a
live yum upgrade but used an anaconda install (CD or preupgrade) as

	My suggestion for would be a sanity check to insure the
correct rpm's are there for that distribution or a "reinstall" option
that will reinstall the rpm's even if the exact same rpm is already
present.  Yeah, this is a corner case that rarely comes up but it's an
UGLY corner case, in this case.


On Sat, 2008-09-27 at 19:52 +0100, Julian Field wrote:
> Hi folks!
> I haven't done anything to the installer in quite a long time.
> Are there any improvements people would like to see, particularly in the 
> RPM installer as that's by far the most common distribution, and is used 
> by the least tech-savvy people who need the most guidance.
> Today I have done some work on both the README and the QuickInstall.txt 
> files, to bring the up to date and to simplify them.
> Also I have documented the "./ fast" option, so people who 
> read the docs know it exists, as it greatly speeds things up if you know 
> what you're doing and don't need to read all the output.
> But what would people like to see improved in the actual installation 
> script,
> Jules
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