Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 160557
Installer crashes in hundreds of different ways, destroys my system
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:07 EST
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Description of problem:
I have (had) a Fedora Core 2 system, fully updated. The same piece of hardware
in the past ran Red Hat 9, then Fedora Core 1, then Core 2, all with no
I downloaded Fedora Core 4 DVD ISO; verified the SHA sum; burned it to DVD and
it successfully passed the media check.
When I tried to upgrade my system, it failed each time at the "Preparing to
install...." stage. The installer crashed and closed itself down.
Then my system no longer booted into FC2. It got to the login screen, but
logging in crashed. From the command line I tried a few commands, but after a
couple of minutes everything returned "Segmentation Fault". This has never
After a while, I tried various different things:
- Upgrade from hard drive ISO image
- Upgrade via text mode
- New install instead of upgrade
Every time it crashed, at various different stages:
- Before first screen in installer
- When clicking "Options" for KDE group
- When clicking "OK" having entered a GRUB password
- After installing first 10 packages (this is the furthest it got)
- And many, many other places
I then ran a newly-downloaded Knoppix 3.9 .... which exhibited similar
behaviour. What has this installer done to my system?!?
The variety of error messages included (going from memory):
- cpio: bad magic
- different python tracebacks
- glibc double free error
- bad checksum
Eventually, I gave up.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to install / upgrade Fedora Core 4
Actual Results: System hosed
Expected Results: System upgraded to FC 4
Forgot to add another one of the various error message with which it crashed:
- unresolved symbols
Please supply any error messages at the crash in the installer on tty3-5.
If it crashed mid-install your system is possibly in an inconsistent state
between fc2 and fc4. Lets concentrate on the installer crash for now.
I don't recall any interesting messages apart from the ones listed above (I
did flick through the TTYs most times).
The first time, the installer didn't get as far as actually installing any
packages before it dropped out, so I'm really puzzled as to how it could have
hosed my system at that stage. But then again, I don't know what magic
anaconda is up to in the "Preparing to install ... " stage.
I'm trying one more install, and will let you know of any errors...
Well, what do you know, this time it went through the whole thing without
giving any errors. (This was textmode, askmethod - from hard disk, noprobe,
new install, Personal Desktop).
But when it booted, there was no xorg-x11 package, which seemed a bit odd for
a personal desktop. Also there was not /etc/shadow - root had its password
in /etc/passwd, and adding new users with useradd failed. firstboot also
didn't show. eth0 hadn't been configured.
After fixing those things manually, I tried logging in; segfaults; init
respawning; lockup. Hmmm.
I double-checked I hadn't downloaded Test1 by mistake. This was definitely FC4
final. Completely unusable. Pre-alpha. Worst product I've ever seen. What can
I say? I must have something somewhere that has triggered a whole plethora of
very unique bugs. Very odd.
I decided to try one last installation...
textmode, askmethod - from hard disk, new install, Work Station
After formatting the drive it then crashed. No errors on any of the TTYs. The
last thing shown is the tune2fs output. No output is visible on the main
screen other than "installer exited abnormally" then the shutdown blurb.
The common thing with Knopppix 3.9 is the 2.6.11 kernel. This is an Athlon XP
I guess I'll go try Cent OS 4 now.
Just to be clear, the "variety of error" messages I listed (cpio: bad magic ,
different python tracebacks, glibc double free error, bad checksum, unresolved
symbols) are all error messages that come up when FC4 anaconda crashes, not
error messages in Knoppix or the old FC2 installation.
I must be mad, but I thought "one last try...."
This time I ran the installer with "selinux=0".
It installed, and firstboot ran.... and gdm came up.... and then X repeatedly
Tried "ifup eth0". Segfault, but it came up anyway.
Tried "yum update" in case there was something wrong there. kernel panic.
Rebooted, changed runlevel to 3.
Tried "yum update" - yum crashes with traceback - "SQL logic error or missing
database". Downloaded xorg updates manually and installed. No change.
Reboot. kernel panic - init not found.
CentOS it is, then.
Please attach any tracebacks in anaconda - there should be an option to save
these to disk.
Please describe the exact steps upto and full error message and at what point
recieved you get when installing. Your report mentions lots of errors, but in
trying to pin down the issue I really need to have everything in context.
By trying multiple things you're making it incredibly hard to debug what is
happening. Please can you try a standard install with no extra parameters and
describe in full what happens when. Please can you provide full information
about your hardware (processor, chipset, partitioning scheme) and system setup.
Others have successfully upgraded and installed the amount of errors you are
experiencing is concerning please run memtest86+ on your hardware.
I just logged in to note that I'd just tried CentOS 4 with similar
results... ...and then tried memtest86. Failed. (779 failures so far; 50%
through the test).
I take all the "pre-alpha" stuff back! Not your fault - mine, so it seems.
I guess I've just been particularly unfortunate that the memory chose the day
I went for an upgrade to fail. (I can't ever remember any segfaults or kernel
panics on this machine in its life up until now).
Closing with NOTABUG.