Bug 58105 - kickstart --device option fails for eth1 specification
Summary: kickstart --device option fails for eth1 specification
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-01-08 17:54 UTC by James McDermott
Modified: 2014-08-25 00:55 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-01-15 21:43:23 UTC
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Description James McDermott 2002-01-08 17:54:01 UTC
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Description of problem:
When setting options for kickstart and trying not to use eth0 as the default
installtion device the --device option is used to specify eth1, unfortunatley
this does not work and the install continues on eth0. 

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.tried both: network --bootproto dhcp --device eth1 and network --device eth1
--bootproto dhcp
2.write kickstart file and kickstart machine


Actual Results:  dhcp request times out

Expected Results:  eth1 should have gotten a valid ip address and started

Additional info:

The documentation for this option is at:

Look under networking. We also tried the 7.2 options just to see if perhaps the
setup had been documented inaccuratley to no avail.

Comment 1 Brent Fox 2002-01-08 20:48:33 UTC
I've done some testing with this today and it appears that 7.1 does not allow
kickstarting through devices other than eth0, although the documentation says
that this should be possible.  
I've tested the same kickstart file with 7.2, and 7.2 does it correctly.  Is it
possible to use 7.2?

Comment 2 James McDermott 2002-01-08 21:14:42 UTC
Unfortunatley this is for installation on the production line and 
they are currently installing 7.1 on all these machines. So they need a 
fix for 7.1.

Comment 3 Brent Fox 2002-01-09 17:08:07 UTC
What would be considered an acceptable fix?  Do they want an errata or just a
new boot disk?

Comment 4 Brent Fox 2002-01-09 22:23:09 UTC
Can you try booting with 'linux ks=floppy ksdevice=eth1' and see if that works?

Comment 5 James McDermott 2002-01-09 22:51:15 UTC
They are currently just looking for a fix for production. Errata boot disks
would be great, I already had them try the ksdevice=eth1 and they said they had 
no success. I thought it would be a fine workaround. Still defaulted to eth0

Comment 6 Brent Fox 2002-01-10 19:20:58 UTC
Hmm...that seems to work for me.  What kind of ethernet cards do they have?  If
the drivers that eth1 needs aren't on the bootnet.img disk, then I can see how
that would cause a problem.

Comment 7 James McDermott 2002-01-11 19:07:26 UTC
The drivers seem to be on the box, but it might be useful 
to note that both cards use the same driver. They retried 
the ksdevice=eth1 and this gave them an address, however 
instead of reading from the kickstart disk it entered interactive 
mode. Did this happen to you to?

Comment 8 James McDermott 2002-01-15 21:43:18 UTC
ok we have the ksdevice option working from the start up screen, 
it would be really helpful if we could get it going in the file though.

Comment 9 Jeremy Katz 2002-01-15 21:49:07 UTC
They can just modify the syslinux.cfg on the boot disk for 7.1.  And since Brent
says it works even without ksdevice for 7.2, I'm going to go ahead and close this

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