Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 496927
Anaconda leaves a broken install
Last modified: 2010-06-28 08:09:06 EDT
I just did an install of the latest Rawhide, and I had several strange problems. I think they're related, so I'll include everything in this report. Anyway, I installed from an interactive kickstart script, so in theory it should have behaved about the same as a normal installation. During installation, I selected "Office and Productivity" and "Software Development" and clicked on "Customize Later". During and after installation, I noticed the following problems:
1) After package installation, the screen went blank instead of rebooting. After a few minutes, I manually rebooted.
2) Either in GRUB or just afterwards, it flashed the message, "failed to read image" and then proceeded to boot into Fedora 11.
3) Firstboot did not start on the first boot.
4) The system did not install packages for GNOME, and it only installed a few Xorg packages. The system did not have an Xorg server installed. Strangely enough, there were a number of KDE packages installed, including KDM.
So, to summarize, package selection didn't seem to include all of the normal packages for a desktop install, and there was some odd behavior along the way.
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Hrm, this is strange. I see nothing in your log files to indicate how this could have gotten so screwed up. Is it reproducable? My best guess is that your mirror was syncing rawhide at the same moment you were trying to install from it, so things got confused and you ended up with a very broken package set. Strangely, there aren't any scriptlet errors in your install.log.
Unfortunately, it was a miracle that I was able to get it installed at all because of some unrelated partitioning/formatting errors (I had Anaconda crash 5 or 6 times along the way and had to restart the install each time). I ended up reinstalling without a kickstart script at all, and things worked much better. I'd be happy to try reproducing in a few days after the Anaconda partitioning bugs get fixed and pushed.
I looked at the logs on the mirror, and it looks like it finished syncing at about 5 am (long before I performed the installation), so I don't think that could be the problem. I noticed that there are a number of open kickstart-related bugs, so I wonder if it might be a matter of building the package list incorrectly when kickstart is being used. When I did the install with kickstart, I remember seeing in the progress bar that it was trying to install about 1000 messages, but when I installed without kickstart, I think the number of packages was more like 1500. Theoretically it should be the same because the kickstart was an interactive install and because I picked the same options.
The "failed to read image" message is still happening even after reinstalling, so I've filed a separate bug report (bug #497146). This bug really seems to be just about package selection.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
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