Bug 113834 - Kickstart exits when 5 ethernet cards are defined in KS file
Kickstart exits when 5 ethernet cards are defined in KS file
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-01-19 05:08 EST by Johan De Wit
Modified: 2007-04-18 13:01 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-01-20 11:00:25 EST
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Description Johan De Wit 2004-01-19 05:08:30 EST
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Description of problem:
Kickstarting host with 5 ethernetcards.  Only a maximmum of 4 cards
seems to be supported.

The kickstart entry :

network --device eth0 --bootproto static --ip \ 
        --netmask --gateway  \
        --nameserver, --hostname bthx16
network --device eth1 --bootproto static --ip \ 
network --device eth2 --bootproto static --ip \ 
network --device eth3 --bootproto static --ip \ 
network --device eth4 --bootproto static --ip \ 

This results in the following error during KS install :

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 705, in ?
  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/kickstart.py", line 1154, in setInstallData
    self.readKickstart(id, self.file)
  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/kickstart.py", line 668, in readKickstart
    handlers[args[0]](id, args[1:])
  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/kickstart.py", line 446, in doNetwork
    self.setNetwork(id, bootproto, ip, netmask, device=device)
  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/installclass.py", line 289, in setNetwork
KeyError: eth4
Install exited abnormally 
< systems halts >

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Installing using KSfile with 5 network entries

Actual Results:  Installation aborts, system halts

Expected Results:  installation should continue, and all ethernet
devices are properly configured.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-01-19 09:35:28 EST
Do you actually have five supported ethernet cards in the machine? 
Comment 2 Johan De Wit 2004-01-20 09:55:05 EST
The problem is indded the last bcard is not recognized/configured
duting the installation.  After installation, it is no problem to
configure it properly.  Only eth0->eth3 are visible, which causes the
installation abort on eth4.  

The configuration ;
3 pci 3com 3c59x 
2 ISA 3com 3c5x9

All are working when configured manually after installation.

In the meantime I tried the following :

device eth 3c509 --options="xcvr=4,4 irq=10,5"
device eth 3c509 --options="xcvr=4 irq=5"

and via 
modprobe 3c509 xcvr=4 irq=10

Still hav  no success, but will add more comments doing some more
tests tomorrow.

Kernel options are no option. (yet)
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2004-01-20 11:00:25 EST
ISA network cards are not supported in the installer.
Comment 4 Johan De Wit 2004-01-21 02:35:59 EST
Solution - Dasbale PnP feature on all ISA based NIC

One of the nics was configured PnP.  
Solution :  Get the 3c5x9xxx.exe (ftp.scom/com/pub/nic/3c5x9/) 
            boot into dos and execute 3c5x9cfg.exe
            disable pnp, and check other config
            reboot and start installation.

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