Bug 138741 - AMD64 kickstart installs fail finding files
Summary: AMD64 kickstart installs fail finding files
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda
Version: 3.0
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2004-11-10 22:32 UTC by Matthew Riedel
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2006-04-24 18:03:54 UTC

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Description Matthew Riedel 2004-11-10 22:32:29 UTC
Description of problem:
When using a HTTP kickstart install on X86_64 systems, a possible race
condition prevents anaconda from realizing it has successfully found a
file on th eweb server.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up a kickstart install that points to a URL for a kickstart file
2. Enter valid IP information (not using DHCP)
3. Anaconda will seem to fail retrieving kickstart file
Actual results:
Anaconda reports that it fails to find the kickstart configuration
file, but the web server reports a success code to the query (200):
[log snippet]
<ip_address> - - [10/Nov/2004:15:25:07 -0700] "GET
HTTP/1.1" 200 3538 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US;
rv:1.4.3) Gecko/20040924"

Notice the success code in the above log snippet (200).

Expected results:
Should acknowledge successful retrieval, and use the file

Additional info:
Works on i386 fine.  Also fails when the ks.cfg is on the CDROM and
points to a URL installation directory.  Will fail to find
"netstg2.img", even though the server reports a success code.  Also,
in this instance, when anaconda fails back to the user and prompts the
user for hostname/path information, you can leave the default info
(the info it used in the first place), and it will retrieve
netstg2.img fine.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-11-10 22:41:48 UTC
Which updat erelease is this?  What network adapter and static or dhcp?

Comment 2 Matthew Riedel 2004-11-10 22:49:38 UTC
This is RHEL WS3 Update 3.  It is using the tg3 network driver, and
using static IP.  Here is the isolinux.cfg label info for this
particular install:
label ws3x86_64
  kernel vmliws3.x64
  append initrd=initws3.x64 \

<the append... line is one line, broken up for readability>

Since I'm not sending it any IP info via anaconda, it does a DHCP
broadcase, fails that, and prompts the user for IP information (which
is what I want it to do).  I enter the IP information, and that's when
it fails retrieving the kickstart file (which is dynamically created).

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2004-11-10 22:52:44 UTC
Could you try the U4 beta and see if it works better?  There are some
changes there explicitly to help with weird link negotiation situations.

Comment 4 Matthew Riedel 2004-11-10 22:55:44 UTC
Hmm.. I will give it a shot.  Thanks.

Comment 5 Matthew Riedel 2004-11-12 16:59:51 UTC
Seems to be working in RHEL WS 4 Beta 2, thanks!  Is there any chance
of backporting these fixes into the next update for RHEL 3?

Comment 6 Matthew Riedel 2004-11-12 17:00:56 UTC
Crap.. misread your request earlier- you wanted me to test the U4
beta, and I tested the RHEL 4 beta... <grumble> I will try again with
the U4 beta, as well.

Comment 7 Jeremy Katz 2004-11-12 18:37:22 UTC
U4 beta should have identical changes to RHEL4 beta2, so that's a
promising sign :)

Comment 8 Matthew Riedel 2004-11-12 20:52:17 UTC
OK- testing fine with WS3 U4 on X86-64.  I look forward to the
production release- thanks for helping me with this!


Comment 9 Jeremy Katz 2006-04-24 18:03:54 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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