Hardware: Dell Dimension XPS T850r P-III 850 MHz with 40 GB UDMA drive
Images: bootnet-20000407.img, update-disk-20000419.img
Installation options: HTTP install; custom workstation
Problem: after selecting where to install LILO (in the MBR or the boot
partition -- this bug happens no matter which I choose), Anaconda dies in
checkBoot in isys.py, in a call to _isys.checkBoot(path). The value of
path is '/tmp/hde5', which is my DOS partition. The error is "No such file
or directory," although the device file /tmp/hde5 does exist. Perhaps
that's not the file it means, but that's as much information as I could
wring out of it. Tell me how to generate more details if you need them.
I have an off-motherboard Ultra-DMA controller, the Promise Ultra 66. Invoking
linux from the installer boot prompt with "linux ide2=0x1420,0x1416" allows the
kernel to see the hard drive, and Disk Druid thereafter correctly identifies
existing partitions, etc.
The bug does *not* occur when I choose the "install GNOME workstation" option
instead of the "custom install" option.
Forwarding this issue to a developer for further action.
Here's another bug uncovered by this one: when choosing the GNOME Workstation
option, the installer gives no opportunity to specify kernel parameters for
lilo.conf. (The installer *does* prompt for these parameters when one chooses
the Custom Install option.) This means that the "ide2=..." argument I passed to
the kernel to make the installer work wasn't present when I rebooted, so I had
to start from scratch. This time, just after installation and just before
rebooting, I escaped to another VT, edited lilo.conf with "ed" and re-ran lilo
in order to get `append="ide2=..."' into the lilo configuration.
The "GNOME Workstation" install option is a quick link that fills in defaults
for several screens, so you will not get prompted about the LILO options, etc.
Use a 'Custom' install in that case.
Could you try Red Hat Linux 7 on this box and report if you continue to have
Closing due to inactivity.