Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 209036
Install locks at installing inn - 8 minutes to go to finish
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:45 EST
Description of problem:
I could not perform a GUI install because the MGA driver makes the monitor go
out of range. I had to do a text install.
The text install had package selections that did not match the selected groups.
This made package selection only possible because of familiarity with what was
in these particular groups.
The text installer hung with only 8 minutes to finish on a package named inn.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
version on FC6-pre installation DVD.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run linux text
2. select custom partitioning scheme and give mountpoints
3. select packages desired as best as I could
4. Allow installer to format disks selected and to install packages.
5. Notice inn was taking a long time and never seemed to get any further through
6. Chroot to /mnt/sysimage and look around in tty2. was able to start
networking, launch mc read files that were installed. Was able to run
/sbin/grub/install /dev/hdb1 manually.
7. reboot computer, the install is incomplete.
I was able to boot into the installation after the install attempt using the
boot partition from the working install. I could not login as root, so I booted
to runlevel 1. I tried to change the password for root, thinking that I forgot
the password that I applied. I could not change the password because passwd
would kick me out with an authentication error. I was able to create a regular
user and assign a password for the regular user,
A working GUI. Menus for the package groups matching the subgroup selection.
Either successfully installing inn or timing out and giving me the chance to
continue with the installation, skipping or retrying the installation of inn.
Posted a brief message on the test list.
Created attachment 137617 [details]
The installation log up to the failure
Created attachment 137618 [details]
Mesages from partial install
This may not be of much value. The system was sort of bootable
Created attachment 137619 [details]
dmesg from partial system
I could not start network either
Created attachment 137620 [details]
The REAL install log
Since I am copying files from the failed install on the working system, the
paths are relative to where I mounted the files. The first attached log is from
this working install. This is from the failed install.
Bug reporters have bugs too - :-)
Created attachment 137621 [details]
This is the install syslog
This the other install file put into /root on the failed installation.
Were there any error messages on other ttys when it hung?
I don't recall any out of the ordinary messages on any of the screens. I am
about to try this again and will pay closer attention to the screen messages.
Even though I did not intentionally choose inn or xen, both were installed.
Anaconda just seemed unresponsive.
I'll add to the report if I find any useful information on attempt 2.
I tried again and inn just seemed to stall with 87% inmstall completed and 14
minutes to go this time. The only abnormality that I saw was an error related to
I chrooted to /mnt/sysimage and ran ps -A, top, free and various processes. I
also dived into the inn rpm to see if it was possibly corrupted. I had no
problem peering into the rpm. I did not poke around a lot in the rpm.
I will attach the ps -A processes captured from my chroot. I noticed two
instances of anaconda running. One instance was not run from tty1 the other was.
Anyway, I'll start with the attachments. They should be more helpful than my
Created attachment 137794 [details]
dmesg from the installer system when stopped at inn
Created attachment 137795 [details]
This is a top output when stopped at inn
Created attachment 137796 [details]
Install log from secongd installation attempt.
Created attachment 137797 [details]
Install.log.syslog for system.
This is probably a hybrid message which has the installer and the actions that
I performed in the chrooted system that was partially installed.
Last of attachment series for now.
How much memory does this system have?
256 MB - I am currently running on the system using the 87% install and there
are two notable problems. The first being that I cannot change the password for
root or do not see grub related config files. I was able to go to runlevel 1,
activate the network, launch my user created during the inn pause with success.
I cannot do anything that needs root access in anything other than runlevel 1.
I guess 256 MB would have been sufficient information.
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 252632 248792 3840 0 1844 62636
-/+ buffers/cache: 184312 68320
Swap: 1024744 11216 1013528
Okay, this makes three reporters seeing similar things with 256 megs of RAM.
And I managed to reproduce today in a Xen guest. Time to do some serious
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 210072 ***