Bug 5489 - ftp install fails: no route to host, other weirdness
ftp install fails: no route to host, other weirdness
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
6.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-10-04 12:02 EDT by Pekka Savola
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:38 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-10-20 11:32:06 EDT
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Description Pekka Savola 1999-10-04 12:02:44 EDT
I boot RH6.1 using bootnet.img.  There doesn't seem to be an
X installer for bootnet; well, I like the menu system better
anyway.

However, ftp install from our local ftp server fails
miserably.  The installer loads stage2.img and hdlist just
fine (as I can see from ftpd logs), but when it should begin
transferring the actual files, I get some nasty errors.

If I use use FQDN of the ftp site (ourftp.xxx.fi):
[irrelevant info cut off]
ftplib.py line 117 in connect
IOError: [Errno ftp error]
(113, 'No route to host')

And if I use the IP number of the site:
[some stuff cut off]
todo.py line 1442
db=rpm.opendb(1,self.instPath)
rpm.error=Cannot open

I have tried custom and pre-packaged installations.  The
computer has SMC Etherpower II and 3Com 905b NIC's, neither
work.  Removing the other physically did no good.

After trying to install RH6.1 like 5-6 times, I used RH60's
bootnet.img to install that from the same ftp server.  It
worked like a charm.

The installer worked fine (although pretty slowly,
considering it's a 100BaseTx network) on a similar box
with Tulip and Intel EtherExpress Pro 100 NIC's.
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-10-20 11:32:59 EDT
The GUI installer is only available for NFS and CDROM installations,
so that answers that question.  As for the FTP problems which you are
seeing, are you giving a trailing space on the path to the source
files (i.e.  "/mnt/test/cartman/i386/" instead of
"/mnt/test/cartman/i386")  We have reports that giving the trailing
space can cause serious problems.  Reopen this bug if you are still
having problems.
Comment 2 schwim 1999-12-24 13:57:59 EST
I too have had this problem.  Plus, once I finally did get the net install to
complete "successfully" I was left with a system that would not boot
completely.  In one case, I did get it to boot, but there were all sorts of
kernel version errors, and missing modules, etc.

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