Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 157432
RFE: Make it easier to select a valid NFS directory when selecting which server/directory to install from
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:07 EST
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Description of problem:
I'm attempting to install RHEL3 U5 from an NFS directory, given a boot CD.
I reach a screen: "NFS Setup" that requires me to give an NFS server name, and a Red Hat directory.
Getting the server correct is quite easy in our internal setup, but the "Red Hat directory" involves a complex path below an NFS share, with much to get wrong (underscores vs dashes, code numbers etc)
Would it be possible to implement some kind of browsing (maybe just tab-completion) in that field, so that this stage is easier?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Burn a boot CD
2. Install from "NFS Image"
3. Step through "Configure TCP/IP": screen (use dynamic IP)
4. NFS Setup screen: try valiantly to type the directory name precisely correctly
Actual Results: I copy over the path as carefully as possible from another machine, get itslightly wrong and get this
Error - That directory could not be mounted from the server
I don't know exactly where my typo is.
Expected Results: Some kind of assistance at getting the directory name - maybe just tab completion in that field? Can we browse all NFS exports from a given server? (Could we even browse all NFS servers?)
Ah - typing fragments of the path that are valid gets a different error message:
Error - That Directory does not seem to contain a <name> installation tree.
So it's possible to build up the full path in stages and deduce where the typo
occurs this way.
Unfortunately, this isn't really possible given the way NFS works. It's
entirely possible that the only thing exported is /some/long/path/to/a/tree.
What we do have as an rfe adding support for using mirror lists (somehow). This
is more likely to happen.