Bug 21673 - failed kickstart install
failed kickstart install
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 18863
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkkickstart (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Matt Wilson
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2000-12-04 03:09 EST by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 13:47:50 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2000-12-04 03:09:08 EST

I'm trying to get a kickstart install going with RH 7.0. After getting an
install I liked, I used 
mkkickstart to make the attached ks.cfg, which I copied to a boot disk.

When I tried the kickstart install, I got the attached error, with the
suggestion that I send it to you.

I hope it's useful to you - please let me know if you need more info.

-ben heavner

lang en_US
network --bootproto dhcp
device ethernet eepro100
keyboard "us"
zerombr yes
clearpart --linux
part swap --size 259
mouse genericps/2
timezone America/New_York
xconfig --server "SVGA" --monitor "generic monitor"
         rootpw --iscrypted $1$uSil3.HB$B8Yk7rJp1Qj6vaScWLOsn1
auth --useshadow
lilo --location mbr

Traceback (innermost last):
  File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 438, in ?
    intf.run(todo, test = test)
  File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/text.py", line 1030, in
    rc = apply (step[1](), step[2])
line 134, in __call__
  File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/lilo.py", line 124, in
    if bootDevice[0:2] == "md":
TypeError: unsliceable object
Local variables in innermost frame:
fstab: <fstab.NewtFstab instance at 8285360>
self: <lilo.LiloConfiguration instance at 82838c0>
bootDevice: None
ToDo object:
Local variables in innermost frame:
fstab: <fstab.NewtFstab instance at 8285360>
self: <lilo.LiloConfiguration instance at 82838c0>
bootDevice: None
ToDo object:
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-12-04 11:16:49 EST
Passed to QA to reproduce.
Comment 2 Brock Organ 2000-12-04 16:28:41 EST
verified ... this is an issue with hardware raid cards (such as the SA5300) ...
thanks for your report!
Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2000-12-05 12:11:40 EST
Assigning to a developer.
Comment 4 Need Real Name 2000-12-07 05:54:47 EST
Um... but I don't have a RAID card - I'm installing on a pretty average
inexpensive box (no SCSI even)
Comment 5 Arnoud Witt 2000-12-08 07:40:39 EST
I had a similar problem. I also generated a kickstart file with mkkickstart. 
The kickstart file produced contains a swap partition entry and no others:

zerombr yes
clearpart --all
part swap --size 141

When I added entries for / and /boot like:

part /boot --size 20
part / --grow

installation proceeded without any problems.

Problem remains that anaconda should come with the DiskDruid screen when these 
lines are left out.

The machine I did the install on is an ordinary Intel Pentium system with one 
IDE drive and no SCSI controller.

For reference the first part of the ks.cfg file, that caused the problem 
follows. I hope this will be of help.

My conclusion: This also shows that mkkickstart does not guarantee to produce 
correct output.

------------- ks.cfg --------------------------------
lang en_US

network --bootproto dhcp

nfs --server --dir /home/ftp/RH70

keyboard "us"

zerombr yes
clearpart --all
part swap --size 141

mouse genericps/2 --emulthree

timezone Europe/Amsterdam

xconfig --server "Mach64" --monitor "generic monitor"

rootpw --iscrypted $1$/3a3xfNw$M9m3VVS/q7/8VgNqwjydH/

auth --useshadow

lilo --location mbr

--- etcetera ---


---------------- end of ks.cfg ---------------------------------
Comment 6 Mark Wolfgang 2001-01-05 17:05:28 EST
This is a problem due the style of the new /etc/fstab - using LABELS instead of devices names, so yes, kickstart failed because you didn't specify a 
partition structure.

I submitted patches months ago to fix this issue but no new RPM yet....

To get my mkkickstart, go to either http://people.redhat.com/wolfgang/mkkickstart  or  http://www.dork.myip.org
Comment 7 Alan Cox 2002-12-14 23:09:00 EST

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 18863 ***
Comment 8 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 13:47:50 EST
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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