Bug 105831 - Anaconda install fails without virtual terminals
Anaconda install fails without virtual terminals
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-09-28 06:09 EDT by Eric Knudstrup
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:57 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-09-29 16:23:18 EDT
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Description Eric Knudstrup 2003-09-28 06:09:53 EDT
Description of problem:
I am trying to install RedHat9 on a system without a VGA card and had to create 
a custom kernel to be able to install on it (http://www.soekris.com)

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 9

How reproducible:  Build a kernel with serial console (no virtual terminal 
support) only and try to install RH9 on it.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Attempt to install RH9 booting from a kernel without virtual terminals
Actual results:
Anaconda barfs on exception because tty5 doesn't exist

Expected results:
Everything is happy, installs cleanly, as a result I am happy

Additional info:
Comment 1 Eric Knudstrup 2003-09-28 06:14:35 EDT

          +---------------+ Checking for Bad Blocks +---------------+
          |                                                         |
          | Checking for bad blocks on /dev/hda5...                 |
          |                                                         |
          |                            0%                           |
          |                                                         |

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 739, in ?
    intf.run(id, dispatch, configFileData)
  File "/usr/src/build/229094-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/text.py", line 
459, in run
  File "/usr/src/build/229094-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 
157, in gotoNext
  File "/usr/src/build/229094-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 
225, in moveStep
  File "/tmp/updates/packages.py", line 463, in turnOnFilesystems
  File "/usr/src/build/229094-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py", line 
1102, in checkBadblocks
  File "/usr/src/build/229094-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py", line 
1079, in badblocksEntry
  File "/usr/src/build/229094-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py", line 
186, in badblocksDevice
OSError: [Errno 19] No such device: '/dev/tty5'

> /usr/src/build/229094-i386/install/usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py(186)

******end of dump******

BTW, it would be nice if you'd put NatSemi Geode support into your kernel :):
And it would also be nice if there were a pxeboot vmlinuz and initrd for serial 
only (ie embedded) systems :).


Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2003-09-29 16:23:18 EDT
anaconda only supports working if you have virtual terminal support in your
kernel (even if it's not being used)

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