Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 186233
Anaconda text mode broken for languages other than "us"
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:27 EST
Description of problem:
It is impossible to use the text mode installer in a language other than us
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 5 DVD Images (x86 and x86_64 tested)
Start installer in text mode using "linux text" on the syslinux shell, boot
into anaconda and select language "German".
When coming to partitioning only a "blue-screen" (Hehe) is drawn, pressing F12
let you delete all partitions but there are no widgets to configure anything.
The anaconda log states that there were no screens found.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enter linux text on boot prompt (syslinux)
2. Select language "german" or probably any other in anaconda
3. Try to proceed installation to after "Reinstall" fedora core
Blue curses screen without content instead of the partition tool
Work around is to use "us" as language for installation. Since FC5 it is
possible to installation "Languages" in post-installation so that shouldn't be
such a matter.
*** Bug 186672 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Language support other than English in text mode is really difficult in
anaconda. We have limited screen real estate, which is a problem for languages
We do our best to make sure it works and we still offer text mode German
intallations, but you would be much better off doing either a graphical
installation. If you don't have a display on the system, try a VNC install
where you can run the graphical installer from another host. Even better than
all of that is a kickstart install which isn't even interactive.