Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 151234
Can't boot from FC4-test1-ppc-DVD
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:01 EST
Description of problem:
Booting from FC4-test1-ppc-DVD doesn't work.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download FC4-test1-ppc-DVD.iso (sha1sum:
2. Burn the iso image to a DVD
3. Boot from it and hold the c during the system's startup.
Comes back to the bootstrap prompt
Boot from CD
I have a Powerbook G4 17" 1.5GHz (superdrive).
Many thanks for your time and help.
I must also add that since it's impossible to eject a CD during the FC4-test1
ppc installation process
(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=151232), the DVD is
useless for now.
Bug in the mkisofs script rendered the CD/DVD un-bootable - i.e. the CD isn't
You can extract the boot.iso, and then do an installation via the dvd ISO being
nfs mounted, for instance.
Reassiging to distribution (this is not an Ant problem)
Non-bootability is a known problem that was mentioned in the release notes.
We'll get to it eventually.
Jeremy et al: I need splittree.py to have an option that says "when allocating
space, reserve X amount of space on the first CD".
Colin Charles mentioned that you could "extract the boot.iso, and then do an
Are there any instructions on this?
Also, is the mkisofs script (and a fix) posted somewhere so that I can make a
new iso myself?
The boot.iso file is stored on the DVD - just do a loopback mount of the DVD or
CD#1 image, and grab boot.iso from under the images directory.
Rerunning mkisofs is not practical for CD#1. It should be doable for the DVD
image but you'll have to figure that one out yourself.
fedora-test-list is a good place to ask for futher help than bugzilla can hold :)
Also note that the boot CD (boot.iso) won't eject when choosing CD-ROM (DVD)
installation method (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=151232).
The only way to install from DVD using the CD-ROM installation method for now is
to use Paul Nasrat's USB key image
(http://people.redhat.com/pnasrat/ppcboot.img) as he described in bug 151232.
I've tested it and it works fine.
Dang! I just cleared off a spare hard drive in my Dual Powermac 867, and the
non-booting DVD is kind of a deal-breaker. I can't report any operational bugs
if I can't install to begin with! ;) I know you said that the booting problem
will be fixed eventually... is that FC4 Test 2 eventually, or FC6 eventually?
I would like to add that the boot cd/dvd is a dealbreaker for me and my
organization. Thank you for your work on the powerpc port.
Once splittree.py gets fixed, it'll be in there. When that happens is up to the
Added --reserve_size= as an option to splittree (also can be set with
Timber.reserve_size=n). Will be in anaconda as of tonight and should be easy to
use from builddistro from there.
Thanks! builddistro is all set.