Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 172532
installer crashes on kickstart install
Last modified: 2008-03-14 19:41:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
I was doing kickstart installation of fc5-pre-test1, I used the same
configuration on two machines. One machine worked correctly and the other
failed. Both machines were identical IBM desktop machines purchased at the
The machine that worked had 384M of RAM and the one that failed had 256M of
RAM, but I don't believe that this is the problem (I installed some HP
machines with 256M using the same configuration).
The issue seems to be that the failing machine had a prior LVM install with an
active LVM snapshot. It seems that even though I specified "clearpart --all
--initlabel" it still wants to look at the partitions and gets confused if
they don't work.
At the time of the crash the old volume group (named "vg0") was active, I was
trying to install a new volume group named "play".
I will attach the anaconda crash dump.
Also the crash occurs when doing a non-kickstart install.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Create a system with an LVM snapshot and then try an install to LVM logical
volumes on the same disk (wiping all partitions).
Actual Results: Anaconda crash.
Created attachment 120769 [details]
Anaconda dump log
The lvm tools don't seem to like their own metadata
Incorrect metadata area header checksum
Can't remove logical volume "test" under snapshot
I think that one might have been from the "create snap-shot on root LV and
dead-lock your machine" problem.
In any case, I specified in the kickstart config file that I wanted the entire
partition table wiped. Why couldn't it just wipe it without examining it?
Not sure if this is still an issue, but anaconda in this case (kickstart with
option to wipe everything) should remove all possible metadata on discs, not
only partition table.
Metadata can be broken on disk and lvm will of course fail then - this is not
requested by Jams Antill
Is this still happening under rawhide?
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