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Description of problem:
I was installing a Dell PE 2850 (x86_64 capable) using the boot-from-cd,"linux ks=floppy",-rest-of-tree-over-http method and happened to tell it (in the kickstart file) to use the i386 install tree. (I booted off of the right CD though, x86_64.)
It worked, sort of. The machine came up, ran fairly well, but any interaction with RPM would cause long delays and endless streams of error messages.
I know (having tried that one, too) that it will complain if you try to install eg. RHEL 3 update 4 (KS tree) off of an update 3 CD, and this seems like it should be prevented as well. It was a while before I figured out what the problem was. The box could even register with RHN, but I got strange info abou which packages to upgrade.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RHEL 4, no updates.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from x86_64 RHEL4 cd
2. "linux ks=floppy" with a kickstart file with an "url" line pointing out a 386 install tree
Actual Results: Severly screwed up machine.
Expected Results: An error message, much like the one you get when using the wrong update
cd to boot from.
Low priority, I know, but seems like an easy fix, and it wasn't easy
to figure out what caused all the problems.
Fixed for FC4 and will be in a future RHEL release.