Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 59418
Kickstart gives "No drives found"
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:39:59 EDT
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Description of problem:
Kickstarting RH7.2 on a Compaq DL360, which has been smartstarted. Server gets
a lease from kickstart server, finds its config file, begins to install. Just
after the message that Anaconda is starting, the following error shows:
NO DRIVES FOUND
An error has occurred - no valid devices were found on which to create new
filesystems. Please check your hardware for the cause of this problem.
ALT-F1 gives that install screen
ALT-F2 gives shell prompt
ALT-F3 gives "no IDE floppy devices found" as the last message
ALT-F4 gives "<4> unable to identify CD-ROM format" and then "<6> cdrom: open
failed"(twice) as the last messages
I have previously used this kickstart server to install 7.1.
I have tested with a second boot floppy but the problem still occurs. On the
boot floppy I am using the bootnet.img from the Jan 17/22 2002 errata &
updates, with my syslinux.cfg file that has previously worked with 7.1
I have run my kickstart config file past people on the GLLUG mailing list, but
attach it just in case.
I do not think it is an issue with Compaq array / Compaq smartstart, because I
have smartstarted the server in exactly the same way, and it works fine when I
install 7.2 manually, from CD. Plus the error occurs once Anaconda has started
I have tried this several times and the exact same error happens every time.
Please help! I cannot see a similar bug already listed at a glance at all
anaconda bugs, plus I am using the latest versions.
I do not have any other hardware on which to test this, only DL360, with RAID
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Take a compaq DL360 server which has been smartstarted.
2. Insert bootnet floppy
Actual Results: Server DHCPs, gets lease, finds kickstart config file, starts
anaconda, then bombs out with errors as above.
Expected Results: Server should have installed from kickstart.
This is high priority: A manual install and postinstall configuration takes
several hours. A kickstarted install takes under an hour, plus it can be
repeated identically, so this is a very high priority for me.
Please get in touch if there is anything I can do to help this get fixed.
Created attachment 44877 [details]
Kickstart config file
If you goto VC2 and type 'lsmod' are the modules loaded for the array?
What kind of card is the array attached to?
It's an integrated Compaq smart array controller - the standard on a DL360.
When I do lsmod I only get the following modules: nfs, lockd, sunrpc and
Hope that helps. I'll leave the status unchanged but please let me know if you
need more info... thanks!
Is there anything I can do to help with a resolution on this, because I
urgently need to get this working...
does your boot floppy match that of the NFS server you're trying to install from?
You filed this bug against 7.2 but your nfs line in ks.cfg points to 7.1
Oh dear - the RH7.1 is a red herring.
To explain, I was using a specific file to test, which I will attach...
although when I logged the bug I created a new test file which was not specific
to our customer. I forgot that, as we cant make 7.2 install from kickstart, my
script is only creating config files for 7.1 at the minute! My apologies.
I assure you that in the version I am using it says 7.2, and still doesnt work.
Created attachment 45679 [details]
Latest kickstart config file
Ok. I went back to my config file flash01p1.cfg and corrected it to say 7.2.
(The bvoas03p2.cfg file is from a customer installation which I had the same
error with. Coming back to testing I decided to use flash01p1.cfg and correct
it to say 7.2 to be the same as the bvoas03p2.cfg file, but in my name.)
I kickstarted and got an unhandled exception error, just after it said "Loading
anaconda" and while the white RedHat logo screen is showing. I will attach it
and hope it helps!
Please let me know what else I can do to help. Thanks.
Created attachment 45699 [details]
Anaconda crash dump from kickstarting
Ive found the cause of the exception - it didnt recognise some of my software
names which were good in 7.1 but not 7.2. Im commenting them out as I find them
and starting over.
Ill update the ticket with progress when I either hit a brick wall or get it to
work - more soon.
Right, everything should be fine once you fix your ks.cfg file.
Ok... finally found that some of the package names were wrong for 7.2, so I
have changed them, testing again.
Looks to work! I will check before closing the ticket - thanks so much for your
If you have any specific info on Compaq hardware with RedHat 7.2, Id be