Bug 57147 - /etc/issue no longer reports kernel/hardware info
/etc/issue no longer reports kernel/hardware info
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-release (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Elliot Lee
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Reported: 2001-12-05 16:11 EST by Tim Clarke
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-12-05 16:53:00 EST
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Description Tim Clarke 2001-12-05 16:11:51 EST
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Description of problem:
I have installed RedHat 7.1 on two systems. 

1 install was from CD on a Xeon and the other was a network kickstart on a
Pentium III. After installation both systems had incorrect /etc/issue and
/etc/issue.net files.

/etc/issue contained 3 lines (last line 0 length):-
Red Hat Linux release 7.2 (Enigma)
Kernel \r on an \m

/etc/issue.net contained 2 lines:-
Red Hat Linux release 7.2 (Enigma)
Kernel \r on an \m

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install RedHat 7.2

Expected Results:  On Redhat 7.1 Pentium III systems at this site
/etc/issue contains (2 zero-length lines):-

Red Hat Linux release 7.1 (Seawolf)
Kernel 2.4.2-2 on an i686

/etc/issue.net contains (1 zero length line at start of file):-

Red Hat Linux release 7.1 (Seawolf)
Kernel 2.4.2-2 on an i686

Additional info:
Comment 1 Elliot Lee 2001-12-05 16:18:24 EST
These are correct. If you're not seeing the system info when you login, you need
to update your util-linux and/or telnet-server packages. You did do a full
update to 7.2, right?
Comment 2 Tim Clarke 2001-12-05 16:41:12 EST
This was a full install with (in the case of the kickstart install) clearpart

The following packages were installed:-

Comment 3 Elliot Lee 2001-12-05 16:44:41 EST
And you're still seeing the literal \r and \m at login time?
Comment 4 Tim Clarke 2001-12-05 16:52:54 EST
I don't see anything wrong at login time. The only problem I see is when I cat
the /etc/issue file.

With Redhat7.1 and earlier I used the contents of this file to pop up a message
during the install. It is not critical, just unexpected.

How is the substitution performed at login time?

Comment 5 Elliot Lee 2001-12-05 16:57:37 EST
getty, telnetd perform the substitution.
Comment 6 Tim Clarke 2001-12-05 17:01:26 EST
I figured out the substitution (mingetty). I guess I can substitute uname calls
in my script. Does /etc/issue still report the number of processors? I haven't
had time to try installing SMP yet.


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