Bug 135492 - kickstart using usb disk for install media causes anaconda to die
Summary: kickstart using usb disk for install media causes anaconda to die
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 3.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-10-13 01:01 UTC by greg hosler
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-04-24 18:41:39 UTC
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Attachments (Terms of Use)
anaconda dump file (42.72 KB, text/plain)
2004-10-13 01:03 UTC, greg hosler
no flags Details
syslog from anaconda (8.58 KB, text/plain)
2004-10-13 01:03 UTC, greg hosler
no flags Details
kickstatr file (3.83 KB, text/plain)
2004-10-13 01:05 UTC, greg hosler
no flags Details

Description greg hosler 2004-10-13 01:01:54 UTC
Description of problem:

Attempt kickstart off disk, with USB disk as the source media, IDE
disk as target install. USB disk has RHEL3 Update 3 both in iso
format, as well as expanded directory layout in the target directory
of the partition. Kickstart file on floppy. Boot off a RHEL3 Update 3
boot.iso, with usb disk plugged in. installer sees usb, and loads
usb-storage module. goes to start X. but instead gives a fatal dump
screen, saying "this is probably a bug". anaconda.txt dump, syslog,
and ks.cfg files are attached.

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

RHEL 3, Update 3

How reproducible:

Every single time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Burn RHEL3.3 boot.iso
2. get a usb disk, partition it, and copy RHEL3 to a partition, as per
3. copy attached ks.cfg file to msdos floppy.
4. boot boot.iso with command "linux ks=floppy"
5. sit back, relax, and observe kernel loading, usb-storage modukle
loading, and instead of X starting for install, an anaconda crash dump
will come up!

Actual results:

unable to kick-start install off usb disk.

Expected results:

able to kick start install using usb hard drive.

Additional info:

note: normal install using usb hard drive works just fine.

Comment 1 greg hosler 2004-10-13 01:03:14 UTC
Created attachment 105105 [details]
anaconda dump file

Comment 2 greg hosler 2004-10-13 01:03:59 UTC
Created attachment 105106 [details]
syslog from anaconda

Comment 3 greg hosler 2004-10-13 01:05:09 UTC
Created attachment 105107 [details]
kickstatr file

note: you will likely have to change the path to match the RHEL3 location in
the partition that you create on YOUR usb hard disk!

Comment 4 Jeremy Katz 2004-10-13 01:35:59 UTC
Backported fix from HEAD to rhel3 branch.

Comment 5 greg hosler 2004-10-13 12:44:27 UTC
what does that mean to me, if I wish to kickstart machines with a USB
disk ? (e.g. I looked in rawhide, but the RHEL binaries aren't (and
I'm pretty sure, won't, be :) there!

I'm an RHCX, and I need to rebuild server1 machines on a fairly
regular basis!

I'd be appreciative of any suggestions as to how I might achieve this.
It looks like I just need a new 'loader' put that into the initrd, and
then make a new boot.iso, or a bootdisk.img, yes ?

(if yes, might I know, please, how might I generate a new 'loader' and
a new boot.iso ? :)

thanks, and best rgds,

-Greg Hosler

Comment 6 Jeremy Katz 2006-04-24 18:41:39 UTC
Mass-closing lots of old bugs which are in MODIFIED (and thus presumed to be
fixed).  If any of these are still a problem, please reopen or file a new bug
against the release which they're occurring in so they can be properly tracked.

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