Bug 497501 - NFS install fails
NFS install fails
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
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Reported: 2009-04-24 06:39 EDT by David Woodhouse
Modified: 2010-06-28 08:11 EDT (History)
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Description David Woodhouse 2009-04-24 06:39:11 EDT
When the installer started up (from boot.iso), it spent a long time (and some of my precious paid-for daytime DSL bandwidth) downloading repodata from the Internet.

To add insult to injury it then refused to see my local NFS mirror of rawhide -- I pointed it at it, but was just told that it can't find repodata.xml.

I install vsftpd on the NFS server and pointed the installer at _that_ instead, and it was able to add the repository just fine.

Next I find out if it actually favour the local repository (which I named '00rawhide' to try to make sure it came first in the list), or if it's going to download everything from the Internet even though it's all available locally...
Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2009-04-24 13:54:44 EDT
The first time you tried with the boot.iso, did you use askmethod, or repo=, or what?  boot.iso defaults to using the mirrorlist provided by /etc/yum.repos.d/* for where to get packages, unless you specify otherwise when you start up anaconda.  Can you attach the /tmp/anaconda.log from when it's starting to grab repodata from elsewhere?
Comment 2 David Woodhouse 2009-04-24 19:00:38 EDT
On that machine I didn't use askmethod or repo=. The only option I ever gave was 'vnc'.

I later installed another machine just by booting the installer kernel+initrd, which obviously didn't find local media and asked me where to find the install tree. On _that_ install, NFS worked.

It's adding NFS repositories once you're in the GUI that seems to fail.

The install from FTP succeeded and the system is running now -- the anaconda.log you want isn't actually stored on the installed system anywhere, is it?

This should be easy to reproduce -- boot the installer, and when asked to add repositories point it at a local NFS-exported copy of the rawhide tree.
Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 10:30:45 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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Comment 4 Gary Thomas 2009-06-16 18:46:03 EDT
This problem persists in the released version :-(

I installed via boot.iso (my machine only has a CD).  I have a local
copy of the entire Fedora repository, so I tried to point to that via
NFS on the repository information screen.  I used 'edit repository'
to change the fedora repository to point to my NFS directory.  Same
error - "cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml)"  Hogwash!
Breaking into a shell (Alt-F2), I can see that the directory I specified
*is* mounted as /mnt/source, the file is present and accessible.
Comment 5 Gary Thomas 2009-06-16 19:16:50 EDT
I tried askmethod -> NFS now works, but the repositories are all messed up.
The 'repomd.xml' file in the releases/11/Fedora/i386 tree doesn't match the
actual files there - it actually matches what's in releases/11/Everything/i386

This seems to happen every release - it seems that trying to have a local NFS
copy is bad mojo - I guess we're all supposed to have infinite network resources
for every install...
Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2010-04-27 09:54:39 EDT
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Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2010-06-28 08:11:28 EDT
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