Bug 1019502 - disk image installation has issues with bootloader and initramfs
disk image installation has issues with bootloader and initramfs
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: David Lehman
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-10-15 17:40 EDT by David Lehman
Modified: 2015-06-29 20:43 EDT (History)
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Clone Of: 955202
Last Closed: 2015-06-29 20:43:39 EDT
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Description David Lehman 2013-10-15 17:40:26 EDT
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #955202 +++

Description of problem:
Installation to an image file fails at the end of the installation with following traceback:

Traceback (most recent call first):
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/bootloader.py", line 1544, in install
    raise BootLoaderError("bootloader install failed")
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/bootloader.py", line 1558, in write
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/bootloader.py", line 2249, in writeBootLoader
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/install.py", line 141, in doInstall
    writeBootLoader(storage, payload, instClass, ksdata)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/threading.py", line 763, in run
    self.__target(*self.__args, **self.__kwargs)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/threads.py", line 141, in run
    threading.Thread.run(self, *args, **kwargs)
BootLoaderError: bootloader install failed

From storage.log:
10:21:28,989 INFO program: Running... grub2-install --no-floppy /dev/mapper/file
10:21:30,106 INFO program: device-mapper: table ioctl on  failed: No such device or address
10:21:30,107 INFO program: device-mapper: table ioctl on  failed: No such device or address
... (repeats 46 times)
10:21:30,120 INFO program: device-mapper: table ioctl on  failed: No such device or address
10:21:30,120 INFO program: device-mapper: table ioctl on  failed: No such device or address
10:21:30,121 INFO program: /usr/sbin/grub2-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/mapper/file.  Check your device.map.
10:21:30,121 DEBUG program: Return code: 1

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum install anaconda
2. dd if=/dev/zero of=/root/file.img bs=1 count=1 seek=10G
3. anaconda --graphical --image=/root/file.img --repo=<REPO_PATH>
4. proceed through the installation, select "Standard Partition" scheme, let anaconda to create partitioning
Actual results:
traceback at the end of the installation

Expected results:
successful installation

Additional info:

--- Additional comment from David Lehman on 2013-09-26 11:48:09 EDT ---

I have a fix for this bug, but it only revealed another problem down the line. Dracut resolves device specifications from /etc/fstab at image creation time and creates systemd unit files to wait for the existence of device files used for /, /boot, and swap. The problem is that the disk name at installation time is different from the disk name in the actual system, and the names of the systemd unit files are based on these names. In your reproducer, the image file was named "file". You would end up with a systemd unit file named "devexists-dev-mapper-file1", which would wait until the device node "/dev/mapper/file1" exists. This, of course, will never happen since the disk image is now seen as an actual disk and therefore the /boot partition is more like "/dev/vda1" or "/dev/sda1".
Comment 1 David Lehman 2013-10-15 17:57:45 EDT
This bug has three pieces:

 1. x86 bootloader install to disk image file is broken
 2. s390 disk image install is broken because of bootloader-related crash
 3. initramfs creation for disk image installs needs special parameters

Patches exist (and have passed review) for all three problems. I'd like to get them into f20 so disk image installations are usable there.
Comment 2 Tim Flink 2013-10-15 22:45:31 EDT
Making this bug public so it can be discussed as a blocker for Fedora 20 final. 

David, I can't see any reason to keep the description private but maybe there's something I'm missing. Can you either make it not private or create a new bug?
Comment 3 David Lehman 2013-10-16 00:49:21 EDT
I didn't intentionally make any of it private -- it just inherited that and I didn't notice. Fixed now -- thanks.
Comment 4 Adam Williamson 2013-10-16 17:52:26 EDT
I don't think installing to an image file directly is in the Fedora criteria, but +1 FE at least.
Comment 5 Adam Williamson 2013-11-13 12:39:11 EST
Discussed at 2013-11-13 blocker review meeting - http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-blocker-review/2013-11-13/f20-final-blocker-review-1.2013-11-13-17.01.log.txt . So far as we're aware this bug does not violate any release criteria and hence does not need to block release.
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