Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 140078
Installation is very ... very long
Last modified: 2013-03-06 00:58:01 EST
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Description of problem:
After installing RHEL4 beta2 (5 CDs for x86 and 4 CDs for Itanium), a
reboot was proposed. Kernel version was 2.6.9-1.648.
Then system seemed to hang (2 or 3 minutes) after "Red Hat nash ..."
Moreover, later on, a mouse pointer did appear on a blank screen
without any possible action on keyboard (4 minutes wait on
We don't mention here error on firstboot.py (BZ #135833).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. To install RHEL4-beta2 on any platforms
Actual Results: Systems seem to hang several times but you just need
to know that you'll have to wait several minutes ...
Expected Results: We could expect to not have a blank screen with a
mouse pointer but something letting people know that there is
pending/remaining activities (or timeout ?).
"Hang-like waiting" may vary a little bit from one machine to another.
It may be linked to machine not able to access RHN ? Not sure ... but
multiple network timeouts may explain such behaviour ?
Anyway, messages should warn final customers.
can you remove the 'quiet' boot parameter, and see if there are any kernel
messages during the 'pause' ?
the 'blank screen with a mouse pointer' sounds suspicious, this sounds to me
like you're in X, so this is possibly not a kernel problem, but something in
userspace thats broken. Can you ctrl-alt-f1 and see if you can diagnose whats
going on if thats the case ?
We'll try a new installation with recommended boot parameters and
we'll let you know.
I apologize to not have answered sooner but I didn't get notification
of your comment, or I missed it ? I just added my E-mail address in
the "CC" to be sure I'll get further comments.
Was this still a problem with the final release ? Any debug output as requested
in comment #1 would be useful if so.
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