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Bug 520667 - F11 anaconda won't NFS/NFSISO install with old server
Summary: F11 anaconda won't NFS/NFSISO install with old server
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 11
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-09-01 17:27 UTC by Paul Franklin (RHlists)
Modified: 2009-09-02 03:25 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-09-01 17:38:03 UTC
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Description Paul Franklin (RHlists) 2009-09-01 17:27:28 UTC
Description of problem:
The Fedora 11 anaconda installer apparently cannot talk to an older
NFS server successfully.  I'm guessing it does not successfully
negotiate the protocol with an older server, as the manpage says it
should, but instead wants to use TCP even if the server only has UDP.

At any rate, things like stage2=nfs:
and repo=nfsiso: fail, with a stage1 "Error" window
saying "That directory could not be mounted from the server" -- IF the
( server is running an old version of NFS.  (F10 worked.)

It took me a long time (weeks) to discover that, partly because the
error message was (and "INFO" messages in console 3 were) so generic. 
But eventually I tried having the install.img and ISO images on another
machine, a newer linux with a newer NFS server running, and that worked.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time I tried.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Put install.img and the ISO(s) on an older-system server
2. specify repo=nfsiso: and stage2=nfs: to anaconda (I was using PXE)
Actual results:
stage1 "Error" window saying
"That directory could not be mounted from the server"

Expected results:
stage1 would fetch install.img,
stage2 (=install.img) would get packages from ISO image(s)

Additional info:
I hope this can be fixed in Fedora 11 somehow, say by you
putting new versions of (vmlinuz?) initrd.img and install.img
out on the mirrors.  I want to be able to install Fedora 11
using the same server I always use to install other things.
Fixing it in Fedora 12 is not the same thing, in my opinion.

Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2009-09-01 17:38:03 UTC
Both the command line and kickstart allow you to specify mount options to use:


Comment 2 Paul Franklin (RHlists) 2009-09-02 03:25:35 UTC
Apparently my "cannot talk to" comment wasn't clear enough.

The anaconda IS BROKEN AND WILL NOT WORK if you
give LEGAL NFS OPTIONS to it to fetch the install.img via
NFS -- IF the NFS server is "old" (probably only talking
the UDP protocol but I do not have the knowledge to test
that guess in some absolute fashion).

Similarly, if you somehow still manage to fetch stage2
(say by FTP since NFS won't work), if you have specified
the LEGAL "nfsiso" type of "repo" anaconda WILL NOT WORK.
It will fail to get the package information, but at least
tells you it is because it cannot "mount" the NFS target
you are pointing it to -- IF the server machine is old
enough, and thus runs an old version of the NFS server.

If you then go to a shell window at that point and try to
manually mount the remote NFS directory, you will get an
error message.  (As I recall mount complains about a bad
argument but this is from memory.)  If you instead then
add the option "proto=udp" to your "nolock" option, the
"mount" will succeed.  That is all the proof I need that
the NFS in stage1 and stage2 of anaconda is broken, and
WILL NOT WORK when talking to an older NFS server (which
only talks UDP, not TCP).

The Fedora 10 anaconda did not have this problem.  The
Fedora 11 anaconda does.  I disagree with your decision
to mark this bug as "closed" and "notabug" -- but there
is nothing I can do about it except to make this comment.

Here are the PXE commands I used.

This fails:

 kernel F11/vmlinuz
 append initrd=F11/initrd.img ramdisk_size=10000
   ip=dhcp keymap=us lang=en_US.UTF-8 loglevel=debug

This works:

 kernel F11/vmlinuz
 append initrd=F11/initrd.img ramdisk_size=10000
   ip=dhcp keymap=us lang=en_US.UTF-8 loglevel=debug

The only essential difference is that
runs Fedora 8 and runs an old system,
the yum-updated ("legacy") RH7.3.  (And lest you point
to that being the problem, that RH7.3 machine has
successfully talked VIA NFS to the anaconda in every
Fedora from 1 through 10, inclusive.  The F11 anaconda
is the problem, not the server machine.)

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