Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 183572
Installer does not give you chance to skip packages that could not be installed
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:25 EST
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Description of problem:
I had a package fail to install because of a possible corruption on the CD. The package was something that I decided was not important and I wanted the installation to continue anyways.
The installer did not seem to offer a choice to 'skip and continue'. The only choice was to retry. When I did that, then the only choice was to reboot.
Can you please add a choice to 'ignore and skip' or 'skip and continue' when a package fails to install due to CD corruption?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install from CD (CD would have to have corrupted package)
2.Try to 'ignore and skip' package installation error
Actual Results: System re-booted; all work on install was lost
Expected Results: Allowed to ignore the install error and continue on with the next package
*** Bug 183573 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Skipping packages is highly likely to lead to a broken system in cases where the
package is a requirement of other packages or especially if it's a base package.
The user already can change to another CD/DVD before hitting 'retry', to try
another (hopefully uncorrupted) media.
However, since problems with corrupted media (expecially when created on
Linux) and truncated installs are a _frequent_ event (from my experience), I
think extra attention could be given to problems like this so that the
installer deals with problems as gracefully as possible.
> Skipping packages is highly likely to lead to a broken system
Agreed, but how much more broken is a system where the installer has
already formatted partitions, installed some packages, and stopped abruptly ?
Certainly, if the package is not a requirement to others, then there is no
problem skipping it and installing it later.
A possible improvement might be to add an extra step after the user has
selected packages, and before the formatting phase starts:
- Verify that selected packages can be read from the media(s) (y/n)?
I bet more users would want to verify this step rather than do the whole media
verification step at the beginning. Plus, it should be faster since less
packages have to be verified.
Not a perfect solution, but an improvement IMO.