Bug 461453 - Anaconda crash during install with USB-disk-based ks.cfg
Anaconda crash during install with USB-disk-based ks.cfg
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-09-08 00:28 EDT by Martin Langhoff
Modified: 2009-07-14 10:33 EDT (History)
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anaconda.log (2.84 KB, application/x-gzip)
2008-09-08 00:28 EDT, Martin Langhoff
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anacdump.txt.gz (35.32 KB, application/x-gzip)
2008-09-08 00:29 EDT, Martin Langhoff
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Description Martin Langhoff 2008-09-08 00:28:14 EDT
Description of problem:

I am seeing a consistent anaconda crash with the following setup. Note that the instructions below assume 1 PATA/SATA HD, and that the USB disk will be assigned sdb and have 1 partition...

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How reproducible:

100% :-)

Steps to Reproduce:

1 - take a revisor-created ISO

2 - store it in a USB flash drive vfat formatted with this script (it stores the whole ISO on disk)

3 - on the syslinux menu, add to the kernel cmdline: ks=hd:sdb1:ks.cfg

4 - when stage 1 asks about the install source, pick 'hard drive' and point it to /dev/sdb1 , path 'iso'

5 - anaconda works through the installation correctly, until it is done with installing rpms...

6 - the anaconda debug dialog pops up...

I entered debugging mode, I found myself in this location of the code

  File "/usr/lib/booty/bootloaderInfo.py", line 939, in grubbyDiskName
    return "hd%d" % self.drivelist.index(name)

and name was sdb, but self.drivelist was ["sda"]. 

Logs attached...
Comment 1 Martin Langhoff 2008-09-08 00:28:51 EDT
Created attachment 316026 [details]
Comment 2 Martin Langhoff 2008-09-08 00:29:29 EDT
Created attachment 316027 [details]
Comment 3 Martin Langhoff 2008-09-08 03:09:57 EDT
Testing a bit more indicated that the problem is with the disk format. The bug was triggered with the installation running from a vfat-formatted FAT32 partition. 

The same disk, repartitioned and reformatted to ext3 completes installation without a hitch.
Comment 4 Andy Lindeberg 2008-09-08 11:00:20 EDT
We might have already fixed this in Rawhide. Can you give us a try and see if it's still a problem?
Comment 5 Martin Langhoff 2008-09-08 21:16:20 EDT
Are anaconda / anaconda-runtime compatible with F9 in general, and revisor/pungi in particular?
Comment 6 Kit Gerrits 2008-11-26 09:46:35 EST
I am seeing the same problem when installing F9 from stock DVD with kickstart on (FAT) USB.
the only way install sompletes is with --clearpart all (which also clears the USB stick with the kickstart info).
--clearpart linux will keep the USB stick intact, but fail on grubby
Comment 7 Andy Lindeberg 2008-11-26 11:45:42 EST
Can you give this a try with F10?
Comment 8 Kit Gerrits 2008-11-26 14:00:07 EST
I will try it out, but it would be a real help if this could be fixed/backported to F9, because I can't yet use F10 for certain computers.
Comment 9 Martin Langhoff 2009-03-17 22:26:21 EDT
Actually -- narrowed this down to the driveorder option. We are hitting this problem: http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-15568
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Comment 11 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 10:01:15 EDT
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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Comment 12 Andy Lindeberg 2009-07-14 10:33:04 EDT
If you would like to reopen this bug, it needs to be tested against F11 - storage code has been almost entirely rewritten, and this bug could have been fixed.

We will not be backporting any fixes into previous releases.

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