Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 143222
xconfig causes "Red Hat Ready" kickstart to reboot on Unisys ES7000/540
Last modified: 2007-04-18 13:17:28 EDT
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Description of problem:
We are attempting to run the "Red Hat Ready" beta hardware
certification on our Unisys ES7000/540 system, installing RHEL4.
The hardware certification creates a kickstart file with the
following line in it:
xconfig --depth=16 --resolution=1024x768 --defaultdesktop=GNOME
When this command runs on our system, anaconda reports an error and
reboots. There is no way to capture the log, but I have gotten a
We narrowed the problem to this command because the error goes away
when we change the "xconfig" line to "skipx."
The Unisys ES7000/540 uses a proprietary video controller
called "Console Manager 2" that enables remote viewing of system
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use "Red Hat Ready" beta hardware certification on an ES7000/540
Actual Results: System reboots
Expected Results: No error
Created attachment 108804 [details]
A screen capture of the error
I apologize for the poor quality of this screen capture. I do not know how to
capture the logs of this error, since the system reboots automatically. If you
can tell me how to further gather data, I would be happy to do so.
The error message is from anaconda, the system installer. Reassigning
to the 'anaconda' component, for review of the traceback.
(P.S. XFree86 has been replaced by X.Org X11 in Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 4 beta, which is the "xorg-x11" component in bugzilla.)
The hwcert tests are assuming pc-like hardware and thus try to
configure X for the machine. This isn't entirely accurate for the
unisys boxes which are headless.
rhr2 hasn't started yet; instead it appears ispec isn't accounting for
zero heads or user error in the spec submission where more than zero
heads where assigned.
This is a bug in iSpec. Your workaround in changing the kickstart file is
correct. Reassign to wwoods to fix in iSpec's ks generation (and UI, since the
UI assumes at least 1 head if a video controller is present).
Code is in CVS that does the following:
- change UI to allow headless video controllers (i.e. allow heads=0)
- only run VIDEO if testing a video controller that supports one or more heads
- ks.cfg now only includes 'xconfig' if we are running the VIDEO test
i've verified on my test case. marking QA_READY for verification by unisys.
We would be happy to test/verify this. Could I please be pointed in the
direction of the CVS server (if available), or another location for download of
this latest version?
Oops, that would help ;-). I've put a temporary RPM up here:
(You should be able to rpm -Uvh the RPM and choose 0 for number of video
Any feedback here?
Seems to work well. Thanks.
Placing in PROD_READY based on comment 12.