Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 196705
anaconda complains with "unknown error" during VNC install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:35 EST
Description of problem:
Seen doing a VNC install of rawhide-20060626 on an HP Integrity rx2620. Install
went as normal then during the "perfoming post install configuration" a new
window pops up saying "Unknown error". Clicking "close" allows anaconda to
Not sure how to get more details on this. I would be happy to gather any data
if you guys can point me to what is needed.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
2 out of 2 tries on my rx2620, will try other systems.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. VNC install
changing the summary since anaconda doesn't actually die here, it just complains.
Please attach your /var/log/anaconda* from the installed system to this bug report.
Created attachment 131622 [details]
anaconda.log from VNC install
Created attachment 131623 [details]
anaconda.syslog from VNC install
I have attached the requested logs. Let me know if there is any other data I
can grab that would be helpful.
tail of /tmp/anaconda.log when the error pops up:
15:07:19 WARNING : no dev package, going to bind mount /dev
15:07:19 DEBUG : isys.py:mount()- going to mount /dev on /mnt/sysimage/dev
15:07:19 INFO : self.hostname = localhost.localdomain
15:07:19 INFO : moving (1) to step installpackages
15:07:19 INFO : Preparing to install packages
15:08:45 INFO : Initial install time estimate = 10.5844723853
15:18:14 INFO : Actual install time = 10.0165082494
15:18:15 INFO : moving (1) to step postinstallconfig
15:18:15 INFO : moving (1) to step writeconfig
15:18:15 INFO : Writing main configuration
tail of /mnt/sysimage/root/install.log when error pops up:
Installing xorg-x11-drv-magellan - 1.1.0-1.ia64
Installing xorg-x11-drv-dynapro - 1.1.0-1.ia64
Installing xorg-x11-drv-i810 - 1.6.0-5.ia64
Installing xorg-x11-drivers - 7.1-1.ia64
Installing gnome-applets - 1:126.96.36.199-2.ia64
Installing sound-juicer - 2.15.3-2.ia64
Installing rhythmbox - 0.9.5-1.ia64
Installing firstboot - 1.4.12-1.noarch
Installing gnome-session - 2.15.1-5.ia64
Installing linuxwacom - 0.7.4_1-2.ia64
Appears to be related to writing /etc/shadow. Once the system reboots there is
no /etc/shadow file and the encrypted password is in /etc/password as if shadow
passwords were not enabled.
I don't have a system handy that was installed in interactive text mode (I do
not see the error at all in text mode) but I did confirm on a system that was
installed via kickstart that /etc/shadow was created properly.
From IRC (pasting here so I don't forget):
17:08 <dchapman_nashua> by the way, I just did a text mode install and verified
that /etc/shadow IS created properly
17:09 <dchapman_nashua> all the options I used were identical to the VNC install
where I got the "Unknown error" and it did not create /etc/shadow
And just as mysteriously as this bug appeared, it is now gone. Fixed in today's
Fixed it for real this time. /usr/bin/authconfig -> /usr/sbin/authconfig.