Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 21793
Setup dies abnormally when attempting to install using pcmcia boot image over NFS
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:30:07 EDT
Red Hat 7 was chosen to be installed on a Toshiba Libretto 70CT; this is a palmtop computer. Specs for this particular machine are as follows:
Pentium 75mhz, 6.5GB hard drive, 16MB RAM. Floppy drive is pcmcia based. When the machine boots, the BIOS handles the pcmcia floppy
drive, however, once Linux gets going, it is unable to access this drive anymore. This is one of the major reasons Red Hat was chosen: as only
one floppy disk is needed to get going, linux is already running when the BIOS gives up control of the floppy drive, rendering it unusable without
It should be noted that there are many others who have installed prior versions of Red Hat on a Toshiba Libretto, so I do not believe this is the
fault of the machine. I have yet to find anybody who has installed or attempted to install Red Hat 7 on one, however.
Steps taken before the error:
Disk image used was pcmcia.
Booted to install in text mode as graphical mode is hard to use on the Libretto's tiny screen.
This installation was attempted via an NFS link to a Slack 7 server; both Intel EtherExpress & 3COM 3C589D-TP pcmcia network cards were
IP addressing is assigned and the installation begins from the Red Hat 7 CD mounted on the Slack 7 server. Fdisk is used to create partition
table, installation so far proceeds normally.
Notified of "Low Memory" and prompted to write new partition table to disk immediately.
Authentication Configuration came up. Left defaults and hit OK.
"Reading Package Information" dialog briefly flashed on screen, then:
The error: (this is being rekeyed by hand)
An internal error occured in the installation program. Please report this error to Red Hat (through the bugzilla.redhat.com web site) as soon as
possible. The information on this failure may be saved to a floppy disk, and will help Red Hat in fixing the problem.
Traceback ( innermost last):
File "/usr/bin/anaconda",. line 438, in ?
intf.run( todo, test = test)
t.py", line 1030, in run
rc = apply (step(), step)
tw/packages_text.py", line 32, in __call__
o.py", line 532, in getHeaderList
self.hdList = self.method.readHeaders()
ge.py", line 22, in readHeaders
return HeaderListFromFile(self.tree +
ps.py", line 136, in __init__
hdlist = rpm.readHeaderListFromFile(path)
rpm.error: (2, 'No such file or directory')
I of course have no idea what this means. I am very new to linux and was surprised that I was able to get the NFS link up so easily, to be
honest. At any rate, here's the "bug", please let me know what you find on it. :)
This looks like the NFS install image was not setup correctly, and the installer
could not find the files it required for the install to continue. Make sure you
have all of the CDs copied onto the NFS server and point the installer at the