Bug 134818 - long URLs break kickstart functionality
long URLs break kickstart functionality
Product: Red Hat Satellite 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: Provisioning (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Robin Norwood
Fanny Augustin
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Blocks: rhn360sat
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Reported: 2004-10-06 10:57 EDT by Max Spevack
Modified: 2007-10-29 21:56 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-03-22 12:33:44 EST
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Description Max Spevack 2004-10-06 10:57:00 EDT
Description of problem:
In a very exciting moment, it has been theorized that sufficiently
long hostnames, when combined with the length of the session URIs
created/accessed by anaconda during a kickstart, can create a URL of
greater length than anaconda can gracefully handle.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Use a machine with a fairly long hostname, such as
2.  Set up a few different kickstarts, including a rhel-3-as-i386-u3
and a rhel-3-desktop-x86_64-u3
3.  The desktop kickstart should break in anaconda with a "failure to
retrieve URL" message.
4.  However, if you then create an alias of x.rhndev.redhat.com, thus
shortening the hostname, the kickstart will work!

See mspevack for more details.

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This bug was discovered during the testing of bug #131094
Comment 1 Bret McMillan 2004-10-08 19:11:56 EDT
bumping up priority
Comment 2 Robin Norwood 2004-10-13 13:59:20 EDT
Ok - fix is in CVS.  Test plan:

Test both RHN-hosted kickstarts (on satellite), and externally hosted
kickstarts (both on satellite and in qa).  The RHN-hosted kickstarts
should have the --url line changed transparently to be a 'tiny url'. 
Non-RHN hsoted kickstarts should not be affected.
Comment 3 Todd Warner 2004-10-21 12:20:53 EDT
QA push. {ON_DEV,QA_READY} --> ON_QA
Comment 4 Robin Norwood 2004-10-21 13:42:00 EDT
DOC notes:

We should document the fact that on satellite, we no longer use the
long URL with the hash info (a42bc4398d...) - we use a much shorter
URL with hostname/ty - this is because it was possible to hit the
internal anaconda limit for the length of this URL with
reasonable-but-long hostnames.
Comment 5 Fanny Augustin 2004-11-23 15:56:50 EST
Functionality looks good on QA.  Waiting to test docs.
Comment 6 Todd Warner 2005-03-22 12:33:44 EST

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