Bug 6159 - FTP/HTTP/hard drive installs crash if non *.rpm files exist
Summary: FTP/HTTP/hard drive installs crash if non *.rpm files exist
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matt Wilson
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Reported: 1999-10-20 18:36 UTC by Jay Turner
Modified: 2015-01-07 23:39 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-02-21 21:33:49 UTC

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Description Jay Turner 1999-10-20 18:36:38 UTC
These install methods will lead to crashes (python
exceptions) if there are files in the /RedHat/RPMS directory
which are not valid RPM files, or are misspelled files.
Installer should really handle this a little better.  Best
case of this is when retrieving files from CDROM and getting
the TRANS.TBL file, or when using WSFTP and getting the ftp
log in the directory.

Comment 1 johna 1999-10-21 03:10:59 UTC
I am seeing the same crashes as per 5618, 5875, 5546, 5551, and 5615.

My system has only formatted FAT32/VFAT and formatted ext2 partitions.
The rpms directory is on one of the FAT32 partitions. Running "ls -a |
grep -v rpm" shows that the only non-RPM entries in this directory are
"." and "..".

------- Additional Comments From   11/07/99 16:02 -------
This is a real nuisance if you downloaded redhat form a mirror
site that automatically creates ls-lR files.

Please, when writing utilities like anaconda, include diagnostics. If
there was a filename with the error, I could have figured it out.

Comment 2 Jay Turner 1999-11-09 15:35:59 UTC
*** Bug 6808 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

I upgraded my Redhat 6.0 system from local hard drive.
Somehow, when I was ftping all the RPMs a few went missing,
and so my copy of Red Hat was incomplete. The upgrade
script crashed in a confusing way, throwing
incomprehensible Python stack trace. It would have been
more helpful to have an English error message.

I believe this bug is in the same general class as #6159: a
corrupted RPM repository not handled gracefully by the

Comment 3 eschmenk 1999-12-01 17:06:59 UTC
I think that this is something that should be mentioned on the 6.1 gotchas
page.  It certainly is one!

Comment 4 Jay Turner 2000-02-21 21:33:59 UTC
This issue is resolved in the latest beta.

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