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Upgrading Mandriva Linux 2010 to Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring

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Upgrading Mandriva Free should involve the same steps as with the Mandriva One upgrade. In this case, however, a couple of issues arose. The first one is shown in the image below. Because I had installed the system using a custom LVM partitioning scheme and assigned just enough disk space to the logical volumes to get the system up and running, the /var logical volume, needed to be resized. The arrows indicate the unused pace left on /var, and the space needed for the upgrade to proceed. This is when one of the benefits of LVM comes in to play: The ability to resize a logical volume.

Because ext4, the default file system on most Linux distributions, supports online resizing, the logical volume could be resized without first having to unmount it.

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System warns of insufficient space on a logical volume

This is just to show, from a shell terminal, how much space is available on all the partitions and logical volumes. Aside from having to resize /var, it looks like there is also going to be a problem with /boot, a non-LVM partition.

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Checking available space from a shell terminal

Resizing a logical volume can be done from a shell terminal by using one of the lv commands, or by using Mandriva’s graphical disk management tool. It is easy either way. For this tutorial, I have opted to show how /var was resized using the graphical disk management tool, which is accessible from the Local disks section of the Mandriva Control Center (MCC).

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Mandriva Control Center tools

all I needed to do here was find the local volume for /var, and clicked on the Resize button.

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Disk management utility

In this figure, the Maximum size indicates that I have more than 225 GB of free space available in the Volume Group. Since the system just told me that I need an additional 800 MB for /var, I resized it from 500 MB to 1500 MB. That should be more than enough. Ok.

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Resizing the /var logical volume

This shows that the resize was successful. Done and restarted the upgrade.

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Resizing of the /var logical volume completed

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  1. Matias says:

    I upgraded Mandriva 2010 to 2010.1 Spring. Interesting thing that after upgrade i couldn’t open the other partition foulders and their files. I have to edit /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf

    Now it works – i hope so.

    On the other hand, some previous problems were eliminated by upgrade.

  2. DistroLink says:

    Thank you for your post, I just want to upgrade my Mandriva.

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