Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 170609
Firstboot forgets about reconfig mode if it times out
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:21 EST
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Description of problem:
If system set to start in reconfig mode (eg firstboot --reconfig from kickstart) but firstboot is left untouched long enough for it to timeout and continue booting, on the next reboot it starts in "normal" mode instead of reconfig.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install system with 'firstboot --reconfig' in kickstart
2. Let the system boot up until firstboot and leave it there
3. After a while it times out and continues booting to login screen
4. Reboot and wait for firstboot to appear
Actual Results: Firstboot comes up in the "normal" mode
Expected Results: It should start again in the reconfig mode to allow setting root password etc which the "normal" firstboot mode doesn't allow.
Can be worked around by rebooting with 'reconfig' on the grub append line.
Actually it would be nice if it were possible to disable the timeout completely from eg /etc/sysconfig/firstboot because in this case I *know* it's not on serial console or anything, just a matter of install left to complete overnight or similar.
Would it be possible for you to test with FC5 and let me know if this issue
occurs for you there? I've done a lot of work with firstboot and might have
these sorts of issues cleaned up now.
------- Additional Comments From email@example.com 2006-06-12 10:43 EST -------
Fixed in Rawhide, and will be in the next major release of RHEL. If you
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