Bug 246135 - Exception raised when using anaconda locally (with rootpath) and weird interface names
Exception raised when using anaconda locally (with rootpath) and weird interf...
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Joel Andres Granados
Alexander Todorov
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Reported: 2007-06-28 14:48 EDT by Eric-Olivier Lamey
Modified: 2008-05-21 11:30 EDT (History)
1 user (show)

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Fixed In Version: RHBA-2008-0397
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Last Closed: 2008-05-21 11:30:24 EDT
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anaconda-RHEL-5-compareNetDevices.patch (714 bytes, patch)
2007-07-24 14:13 EDT, David Cantrell
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Description Eric-Olivier Lamey 2007-06-28 14:48:33 EDT
Description of problem:

When using anaconda to install RHEL5 on a local partition (with --rootpath), without a kickstart file, an 
exception is raised on the first network screen in isys.py when one of the interfaces contains a dot.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

anaconda- on RHEL5

How reproducible:

Setup an interface with a dot before launching anaconda.
Actual results:

  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/isys.py", line 508, in compareNetDevices
    trimmed_second = int(second.lstrip(string.letters))
  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/textw/network_text.py", line 439, in __call__
  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/text.py", line 565, in run
    rc = win(self.screen, instance)
  File "/usr/sbin/anaconda", line 970, in ?
ValueError: invalid literal for int(): 0.3

Expected results:

Working network configuration screen.

Additional info:

The exception is also raised when the interface name doesn't have a number in it (the int() cast fails).
Comment 1 David Cantrell 2007-07-24 14:13:16 EDT
Easy enough to patch.  We can use Python's float() function rather than int()
and perform floating point comparisons rather than integer comparisons.
Comment 2 David Cantrell 2007-07-24 14:13:57 EDT
Created attachment 159872 [details]
Comment 3 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-10-15 23:55:53 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Comment 6 Alexander Todorov 2008-02-19 08:15:25 EST
(In reply to comment #4)
> dcantrell: Why does the network device have a dot in it (0.3)?  Is this a xen
> dom0 system with funky NIC names?
it could be an alias (I think that was the name) in the sence of ifconfig eth0:1
or something that came from Xen (e.g vif0.0)

Comment 7 Alexander Todorov 2008-02-20 09:55:22 EST
can you please describe the exact steps you use to reproduce this bug? 
I'm able to setup an interface with a strange name but I can't launch anaconda
to use it. While anaconda is running I can't figure out how to rename the
interface really. 
Comment 8 Alexander Todorov 2008-02-21 08:15:35 EST
Steps to reproduce:

1) edit /etc/sysconfig/hwconf and change eth0 to eth0.0
2) edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 and change eth0 to eth0.0
3) reboot. machine now has device eth0.0
4) yum install anaconda-runtime
5) /usr/sbin/anaconda --rootpath=/home/rootpath/ --method=http://server/tree

NOTE: The above seems to not work on Xen paravirtual guest. It the guest fails
to bring up the eth0.0 interface.

Can't verify. Hits bug #433777
Comment 9 Joel Andres Granados 2008-02-21 14:41:20 EST
Im asking myself the same thing as alex.  To make --rootpath work in a RHEL5
install requires a bit of configuration so anaconda doesnt traceback.  Please
(Eric)  correct me if I am wrong.  

Things you have to do in RHEL5-GOLD
1. Set the ANACONDA_PRODUCTPATH=Server.  or Client or whatever you are installing.
2. diable/erase all yum plugins.

Things you have to do in RHEL5-U1
1. Set the ANACONDA_PRODUCTPATH=Server.  or Client or whatever you are installing.
2. mkdir -p /mnt/runtime/usr/sbin
3. disable/erase all yum plugins

Things you have to do in RHEL5-U2:
same as U1

The three modification will get you to a point where you can test this bug. 
hope its solved ;)  but when anaconda starts downloading the packages it breakes
in all three versions 5.0 5.1 5.2.

i wonder how relevant it is to treat these probles here, when the --rootpath
worked perfectly fine in f8 and, I assume, rawhide.
Comment 11 Alexander Todorov 2008-02-22 04:53:16 EST
with the steps in comment #9 I get anaconda working. I get the screen:

Welcome to anaconda                                                             
    +----------------------+ Network Configuration +----------------------+     
    |                                                                     |     
    | The current configuration settings for each interface are listed    |     
    | next to the device name.  Unconfigured interfaces are shown as      |     
    | UNCONFIGURED.  To configure an interface, highlight it and choose   |     
    | Edit.  When you are finished, press OK to continue.                 |     
    |                                                                     |     
    |                   eth0.0: Active on boot, DHCP  ^                   |     
    |                   eth1:                         #                   |     
    |                   eth2:                         :                   |     
    |                   eth3:                         :                   |     
    |                   eth4:                         v                   |     
    |                                                                     |     
    |        +------+               +----+               +------+         |     
    |        | Edit |               | OK |               | Back |         |     
    |        +------+               +----+               +------+         |     
    |                                                                     |     
    |                                                                     |     
                    Loading /lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/us.map.gz              
  <Tab>/<Alt-Tab> between elements   |  <Space> selects   |  <F12> next screen 

Configure eth0.0 to use DHCP then proceed up to the package selection screen.

I'm putting this BZ in verified
Comment 13 errata-xmlrpc 2008-05-21 11:30:24 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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