Bug 587781 - anaconda silently falling back to text mode, vnc mode not advertised
Summary: anaconda silently falling back to text mode, vnc mode not advertised
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 13
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Martin Sivák
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-04-30 20:36 UTC by Pascal Parois
Modified: 2011-06-27 15:59 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2011-06-27 15:59:38 UTC
Type: ---

Attachments (Terms of Use)
install log (67.13 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-07 21:46 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
install syslog (11.02 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-07 21:46 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
anaconda log (42.45 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-07 21:50 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
anaconda syslog (58.79 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-07 21:51 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
anaconda log (text mode) (34.31 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-10 20:59 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
anaconda syslog (text mode) (34.08 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-10 21:00 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
install log (text mode) (8.36 KB, text/x-log)
2010-05-10 21:02 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
install syslog (text mode) (2.52 KB, text/plain)
2010-05-10 21:03 UTC, Pascal Parois
no flags Details
Screenshot of Use VNC question (6.12 KB, image/png)
2010-08-23 12:07 UTC, Martin Sivák
no flags Details

Description Pascal Parois 2010-04-30 20:36:54 UTC
Description of problem:

When I am using the normal mode, I have a white/funny screen (nvidia gtx260) but it is not the concern of this bug.
When I am using the basic video mode, anaconda is falling back to text mode and apparently it should still be the graphical UI whith the vesa driver.

If anaconda is really falling back to something else, a notice to the user should be made.

I have not seen any messages about vnc install.

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

13, beta version

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot on dvd media
2. choose basic video driver
Actual results:
Text mode.

Expected results:
A warning that vnc is prefered and text mode is minimalist with lots of functions missing.

Comment 1 Martin Sivák 2010-05-04 07:47:59 UTC
If you try to start the installation directly in text mode, does the question pop up?

According to the source, if X fails and anaconda is in kickstart (eg. unattended) mode, then we do not show the question.

Comment 2 Pascal Parois 2010-05-04 19:47:31 UTC
On the boot prompt, I typed: "linux text".
I did not get any warning. I arrived on the window where I can check the media.

Comment 3 Martin Sivák 2010-05-05 06:48:50 UTC
Please attach logs from the installation to this bugzilla. You can find it in /tmp during the install or in /root/ and /var/log/ after the install.

Comment 4 Pascal Parois 2010-05-07 21:46:21 UTC
Created attachment 412452 [details]
install log

Comment 5 Pascal Parois 2010-05-07 21:46:56 UTC
Created attachment 412453 [details]
install syslog

Comment 6 Pascal Parois 2010-05-07 21:50:48 UTC
Created attachment 412454 [details]
anaconda log

Comment 7 Pascal Parois 2010-05-07 21:51:14 UTC
Created attachment 412455 [details]
anaconda syslog

Comment 8 Martin Sivák 2010-05-10 13:26:15 UTC
I see vnc in the list of options passed to anaconda, this doesn't look as a text install log... also media check should be text mode dialog. The vnc question happens after you select inital keyboard, language and install source.

Comment 9 Pascal Parois 2010-05-10 20:57:56 UTC
Yes, of course I completely forgot, I never got any log because I never finished the installation in text mode. How can I get the log without writting anything on the disk? I don't want to break the one already installed. 

I have some log from virtualbox. No message either. See below.

Comment 10 Pascal Parois 2010-05-10 20:59:24 UTC
Created attachment 412967 [details]
anaconda log (text mode)

Comment 11 Pascal Parois 2010-05-10 21:00:05 UTC
Created attachment 412968 [details]
anaconda syslog (text mode)

Comment 12 Pascal Parois 2010-05-10 21:02:47 UTC
Created attachment 412969 [details]
install log (text mode)

Comment 13 Pascal Parois 2010-05-10 21:03:13 UTC
Created attachment 412970 [details]
install syslog (text mode)

Comment 14 Martin Sivák 2010-08-23 12:05:41 UTC
I just cannot reproduce it on the released F13, I will describe what I used:

1/ Boot standard install of F13 with "text" argument added to the boot prompt and repo=http://download.englab.brq.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/13/Fedora/x86_64/os argument (triggering netinstall)

eg (we use PXE): /images/Fedora-13_http-x86_64/vmlinuz initrd=/images/Fedora-13_http-x86_64/initrd.img ksdevice=bootif kssendmac  repo=http://download.englab.brq.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/13/Fedora/x86_64/os

2/ Choose language (en_US)
3/ Choose keyboard (en)
4/ Disable IPv6 support

Network Manager configures network and anaconda downloads install.img

5/ See the screenshot below..

Are you using any kind of kickstart file? How much memory does your machine have? And are you sure that you have correct version? Because our F13 install images use anaconda 13.42 whereas your log says you have 13.37.2.

Comment 15 Martin Sivák 2010-08-23 12:07:17 UTC
Created attachment 440367 [details]
Screenshot of Use VNC question

Comment 16 Pascal Parois 2010-08-23 12:20:42 UTC
It's the first time I am seeing this screenshot.

I was not using any kickstart file and the computer had 2GB of memory at that time.

I have no idea about the version of fedora I used back then but I can try on the new fedora 14 if the warning still show up.

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