Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 497501
NFS install fails
Last modified: 2010-06-28 08:11:28 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...
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?
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.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.
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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.
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...
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