Bug 605608 - anaconda doesn't ask to start VNC instead of text mode
anaconda doesn't ask to start VNC instead of text mode
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
6.0
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
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Blocks: 582286
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Reported: 2010-06-18 07:25 EDT by Alexander Todorov
Modified: 2010-06-18 08:16 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-06-18 08:16:57 EDT
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Description Alexander Todorov 2010-06-18 07:25:47 EDT
Description of problem:
In RHEL5 anaconda was made to prompt the user if they want to start vnc instead of text mode when there wasn't enough RAM for GUI mode. In RHEL6 there's no such prompt. Anaconda starts text-mode directly. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
anaconda-13.21.50-7.el6.x86_64.rpm

How reproducible:
always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install on a system with 512M memory (the min. default now is 1024).
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Actual results:
text mode starts automatically

Expected results:
the first screen of text mode will ask the user to start VNC instead.

Additional info:
Comment 1 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-06-18 07:43:15 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux major release.  Product Management has requested further
review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux Major release.  This request is not yet committed for
inclusion.
Comment 2 Ales Kozumplik 2010-06-18 08:16:57 EDT
(In reply to comment #0)
> Description of problem:
> In RHEL5 anaconda was made to prompt the user if they want to start vnc instead

Hi Alex,

looking at the rhel5.5 anaconda code, there's no such feature:
        if opts.display_mode not in ('t', 'c') and iutil.memInstalled() < isys.MIN_GUI_RAM:
            stdoutLog.warning(_("You do not have enough RAM to use the graphical "
                                "installer.  Starting text mode."))
            opts.display_mode = 't'
            time.sleep(2)

IOW rhel55 doesn't offer VNC when there's not enough memory for the standard GUI install. (VNC is only offered when user specified 'text' on the boot command line.)

This makes sense: VNC install is approximately as much memory hungry as X install. gtk, window manager, etc. we need all of that anyway.

closing as wont fix.

Ales

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