Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 243561
Anaconda stalls on network installation at "Starting Installation"
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:07 EST
Description of problem:
Anacando gets stuck on a network install just as it is
"Starting Installation", just after formatting filesystem.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to do an x86_64 network install from ftp://ftp.funet.fi/ or
ftp://ftp.chl.chalmers.se/ , either IPv4 or IPv6 in the case of the
Just after formatting filesystem an xscreensaver comes on and
anaconda stalls. After moving the mouse, anaconda does not refresh.
It takes 1% CPU but sleeps according to top. It never starts the
Never any screensaver, and not stalling but installing. (pun intended).
Acer Aspire 5110 laptop. Tried 4 times with different servers.
I left the install from ftp://ftp.chl.chalmers.se/ running without touching
it at the unrefreshed anaconda screen and did something else for a while.
After a long time it actually started installing.
But why this long wait with anaconda only using 1% CPU? And since it
doesn't refresh the screen is just grey with a blue and dark grey bar,
with no info about what it's doing.
I did leave the installs from ftp://ftp.funet.fi/ running for 10 minutes and
that is way to long for an unrefreshed screen. People will think that it's
crashed, especially since the screensaver comes on, which should never happen.
I also did a network install (via FTP), by booting from USB pen drive
After I supplied the FTP mirror path, it started downloading the "stage2.img"
file and thats where it stayed hung for 20 minutes. During this period, all
its doing is downloading a 90MB file from the FTP server but gives no
indication of how much has been downloaded. In the absence of any indicator
(in bytes and/or percentage or even a progress bar) the user would think that
the installer is hung. I thought the installer was hung and thats why I
interrupted the install twice before actually going thru with it. I also
switched console (ctrl-alt-f1 thru f7) and one of the consoles had info about
what file was being downloaded but no progress indicator.
After formatting the filesystem, once the package installation starts, I saw a
similar anaconda hang (as reported in comment #1), when I switched to a text
console and then switched back, the anaconda UI stayed frozen (unrefreshed)
for a long time before regaining its normal state (displaying messages about
which package is being installed). It must have stayed frozen for about 15
minutes or so.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 112259 ***