Bug 1883709

Summary: anaconda: TUI installer refuses to rsync LiveCD to disk
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Mikhail Novosyolov <m.novosyolov>
Component: anacondaAssignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team <anaconda-maint-list>
Status: CLOSED EOL QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 32CC: anaconda-maint-list, jkonecny, jonathan, kellin, vanmeeuwen+fedora, vponcova, wwoods
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Description Mikhail Novosyolov 2020-09-30 00:00:23 UTC
If running with "inst.text" in cmdline in LiveCD (just append "inst.text" to default cmdline in Fedora 32 LiveCD or Fedora Rawhide daily build LiveCD), the installer either freezes on selecting installation source or suggests to choose between a network repository, CD ROM etc. (I tried Fedora Rawhide, Anaconda freezes there in this case; in ROSA Anaconda 32 suggests to make a choice).

But there is no reason to be unable to rsync LiveCD as in GUI mode!

To work around this bug we have made the following patch. Unfortunately, a colleague of mine, who investigated this problem, did not find the place in Anaconda's code where installation source is set to fix this problem properly, so here is just a workaround.

From: Mikhail Novosyolov <m.novosyolov>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:26:49 +0300
Subject: [PATCH] HACK: use LiveCD as source in TUI

By default TUI asks the user to choose a software source between CD, a network repo etc.
We want it to be able to rsync from LiveCD as the GUI installer does.

If a kickstart has not been specified in either kernel cmdline or via CLI arguments,
load a specially crafted kickstart file /usr/share/anaconda/anaconda-livecd-text.ks which contains only one line:
liveimg --url=file:///dev/mapper/live-base
(also note rhbz#1874434)

This is a hack as a better solution has not been implemented due to complexity and lack of time.

Co-authored-by: Oleg Solovev <o.solovev>
 anaconda.py | 9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/anaconda.py b/anaconda.py
index 4c4c9176f..6950536b1 100755
--- a/anaconda.py
+++ b/anaconda.py
@@ -264,6 +264,15 @@ if __name__ == "__main__":
     from pyanaconda.core.kernel import kernel_arguments
     (opts, depr) = parse_arguments(boot_cmdline=kernel_arguments)
+    # XXX ROSA hack
+    livecd_install = True
+    # opts.ks is loaded above in parse_arguments() (from CLI args)
+    if opts.ksfile:
+        livecd_install = False
+    if livecd_install:
+        opts.ksfile='/usr/share/anaconda/anaconda-livecd-text.ks'
+    #/
     from pyanaconda.core.configuration.anaconda import conf

/usr/share/anaconda/anaconda-livecd-text.ks in rosa2019.1 for now is the following:

%include /usr/share/anaconda/interactive-defaults.ks
liveimg --url=file:///dev/mapper/live-base


Comment 1 Mikhail Novosyolov 2020-12-07 17:44:47 UTC
Fixed by running TUI with --liveinst --method=livecd:/dev/mapper/live-base as /usr/sbin/liveinst does

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