Bug 442492 - i686 LiveCD only succeeds if rhgb is omitted
i686 LiveCD only succeeds if rhgb is omitted
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rhgb (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-04-14 23:35 EDT by Oisin C. Feeley
Modified: 2009-07-14 12:17 EDT (History)
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Description Oisin C. Feeley 2008-04-14 23:35:35 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9b5pre) Gecko/2008031714 Fedora/3.0-0.44.cvs20080315.fc9 Minefield/3.0b5pre

Description of problem:
Attempting to boot the Fedora-9-Beta-i686-20080319 appears to proceed through the initscripts but then hangs thrashing the CD and eventually becoming inert unless mouse/keyboard input is supplied in which case the CD thrashing resumes.  The screen is blank grey.  It is not possible to switch to a VT.

The i686 FedoraDesktop LiveCD appears to fail somewhere after
NetworkManagerDispatcher is started. The exact symptoms are that the
screen flickers, goes blank and the CD drive continues to spin for
minutes and then becomes inactive. Keyboard or touchpad input results
in the CD drive spinning up again but the screen remaining blank.

Attempts to see what's going on by switching to some other console via
Alt-Ctl-Fx appear to be ignored.

Attempts to selectively disable services are difficult because the
reading of the keyboard input appears to require two carriage returns and sometimes to be ignored. The prompt "<service name>
(C)ontinue/(Y)es/(N)o" (or something of that form) appears, but it's
necessary to enter at least two carriage-returns with the option, a
bit of what appears to be Python code for reading the option and
starting the services is printed and then the service is (possibly)
started anyway. This is a sample copied from the VT

Entering interactive startup
+confirm fedora-live
+ '[' -x /usr/bin/rhgb-client ']'
+ /usr/bin/rhgb-client --details=yes
+ :
+ echo -n 'Start service fedora_live (Y)es/(N)o/(C)ontinue? [Y]'
Start service fedora_live (Y)es/(N)o/(C)ontinue? [Y] + read answer

+strstr yY ''
+ '[' yY = yY ''
+ return 0
+ rc=0
+ '[' 0=1 ']'
+ '[' 0=2 ']'
+ set +x

I was eventually able to boot to runlevel 3 and then telinit to runlevel 5 succesfully.

Following on from a suggestion from AndrewFarris on @fedora-devel I removed "rhgb" from the parameter list passed by default and the install/boot proceeded sucessfully.  

I'm not sure if this is a problem with rhgb, firstboot or anaconda.

I attach dmesg and lspci info for this Panasonic CF-Y5.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot from verified/checked F9 Beta Desktop Live CD (i686-20080319)
2.Watch it hang, then reboot and attempt to use interactive startup (press "I")
3.Attempt to pass "Y" or "N" to each service.  Sometimes two Carriage Returns or Enters following the option will work, othertimes it seems like one of these gets carried on to the next service.  Observe the apparent debug code.
4. Reboot, TAB to edit options, remove "rhgb", observe the apparently perfect boot

Actual Results:
#1 CD-drive thrashes for up to 13 minutes (at which point I lose patience) screen shows usual boot text scrolling by, I see the last services starting:

then the screen goes grey, sometimes I see the animated circular logo, then if left the machine just sits there with the CD spun down unless kbd or mouse it touched in which case it spins up but apparently does nothing.

Expected Results:
The machine should have booted through to the GDM login screen autoloaded with the test account, just like it does if "rhgb" isn't called.  Also during attempts to use interactive boot the python code should not be displayed and the entry of options should merely require a single "Y", "N" or "C" with not CR/Enter

Additional info:
Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 05:27:40 EDT
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 20:11:16 EDT
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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 12:17:51 EDT
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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