Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 429569
firstboot does not allow all modifications in non-graphical mode
Last modified: 2011-05-23 13:41:25 EDT
Michael Kravetz <email@example.com> - 2008-01-04 17:52 EDT
'firstboot' when run in non-graphical(text) mode does not allow for modification
of all settings. Specificaly, it does not allow one to enable/configure kdump.
Contact Information = Mike Kravetz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linux elm3b185.beaverton.ibm.com 2.6.18-53.el5 #1 SMP Wed Oct 10 16:34:19 EDT
2007 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Machine Type = LS21 Blade
A debugger is not configured
---Steps to Reproduce---
install RHEL5.1 in text mode and wait for firstboot to run after first boot
---Installation and Packaging Component Data---
Install disk info:
Install method: pxe boot, NFS install
Install ISO information: RHEL5.1
Userspace tool common name: firstboot
The userspace tool has the following bit modes: ?
Userspace rpm: firstboot-tui-18.104.22.168-1.el5
*Additional Instructions for Mike Kravetz <email@example.com>:
-Attach Anaconda install logs to the bug (/var/log/anaconda*).
-Attach ltrace and strace of userspace application.
Cijurajan Kollanoor <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 2008-01-07 08:18 EDT
The firstboot text mode does not allow to configure the kdump.
I am pasting some lines of code from the file textWindow.py
32 class TextWindow:
33 def __call__(self, screen):
34 toolList = [(_("Authentication"), ("/usr/sbin/authconfig-tui"), ("")),
35 (_("Firewall configuration"),
36 (_("Keyboard configuration"),
37 (_("Network configuration"),
38 (_("Printer configuration"), ("/usr/sbin/printconf-tui"),
39 (_("System services"), ("/usr/sbin/ntsysv"), ("")),
40 (_("Timezone configuration"), ("/usr/sbin/timeconfig"),
So the user would not be able to see the option to configure kdump.
Cijurajan Kollanoor <email@example.com> - 2008-01-07 08:19 EDT
There are couple of options missing in the text based firstboot command,
compared to the GUI version.
Why are not all the config options supported in text mode? Is text mode supported at all? If text
mode is supported, where are the differences in capabilities between graphic and text mode
described/documented? Please could Redhat clarify the following issues for us.
this needs to go do dave lehman.
Dave, I think what we need here is a tui variant in the s-c-kdump package, and
then to have that added to the tool list in firstboot. Thanks!
I had an RFE to write a text interface for system-config-kdump and I rejected it
because the number of text mode users is too low to justify the additional
effort. For s-c-kdump there is no reason why one cannot run it via ssh or
similar, rendering a text user interface superfluous.
I am planning to pull the kdump firsboot module into s-c-kdump, hopefully for
5.3, but I have no plans to write a text interface at this time. Generally, it
is expected that users who do not configure graphical startup are technically
adept enough to know if they want to set up kdump.
------- Comment From firstname.lastname@example.org 2008-01-23 12:03 EDT-------
We can close. I will suggest customers not use text mode install as there is an
undocumented lack of functionality.
------- Comment From email@example.com 2008-01-23 12:18 EDT-------
i would say 'will not fix'. but, you can make an argument for either.
------- Comment From firstname.lastname@example.org 2008-01-23 13:17 EDT-------
yes, i will close it right now
------- Comment From email@example.com 2008-01-23 18:40 EDT-------
Red Hat: we closed this on our side as wontfix.