Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101633
can't get network address via dhcp after a PXEboot of the kernel
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:56:37 EDT
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Description of problem:
I've configured a machine to do PXE based network installations. I've done many
network installations on this configuration, so I'm sure I've got a fairly
normal network configuration on my existing server (DHCP, tftp, etc).
This machine is completely headless. A serial port is used for console access.
I have no VGA screen attached, nor a mouse. A
keyboard is attached, but is not used at all during this process.
I have the following two boot lines in the pxelinux config file:
append ip=dhcp initrd=/redhat/rhel/ia32/initrd.img console=ttyS0,115200 vnc
append ip=dhcp initrd=/redhat/severn/initrd.img console=ttyS0,115200 vnc
When I install RHEL (Taroon beta), my networking setup works as I expect.
When I install Severn, the installer is repeatedly offered an IP
address, but apparently ignores the offer and eventually times out and
re-prompts me for my networking configuration. If I manually enter the right
values, and then I enter my NFS server information, the
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot my system via PXE. The kernel and initrd are from severn disc 1,
2. use the pxelinux config line for install-severn (see above).
3. I'm prompted for language (English), install type (NFS), and then the
installer does a round of DHCP queries (from my DHCP server log,
I see the DHCPREQUESTs and the DHCPOFFERs, which all look correct).
4. I'm then prompted to enter my networking information, with an option to use
DHCP. If I use DHCP, the same round of activity
occurs. This occurs as many times as I'm willing to attempt the
cycle (probably 6 or 7 cycles).
5. If I enter the information manually, I'm then prompted for my NFS server &
pathname and then (after a pause), I get the following error message "That
directory could not be mounted from the server.". No NFS errors messages
showed up in the logs on my server machine.
Actual Results: I cannot do a complete network installation.
Expected Results: I should be able to do an installation entirely via the
network. I am able to do so using Taroon or Red Hat Linux 9, on this exact
This machine has an e100 card as the sole network device.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 101630 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.