Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 63372
anaconda "SysVinit" error/crash after setting root password
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:41:57 EDT
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Description of problem:
After setting the root password in the installer and trying to go to the next
screen, I get an unhandled exception and the installer crashes. I've always
queried the bug database for errors, but I couldn't find anything quite
similar, so here's the new report. I also have a dump from anaconda, though I
don't see where I can attach it yet..
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start machine up with install CD#1, and start install (either regular
install, or "linux ide=nodma" -- doesn't matter).
2. Select all defaults (except "system uses UTC" for time zone and "High
security" for firewall).
3. Enter your zuper-sekkrit root password, verify, and innocently try to
continue the installation.
Actual Results: anaconda crashes, tells me to save the crash dump to a floppy
and report it here.
Expected Results: It should've gone on to the "Package Group Selection" screen.
Dual boot system w/ Win2K Pro in front on an NTFS partition, and 2.4 GB of
unallocated free space in the next partition, if that matters. Told the
installer to put GRUB at the beginning of the /boot partition that it made for
the install (not the MBR).
The lines in the anacdump.txt (where can I upload this?) that stood out to me,
though I'm not exactly sure what they mean, are the following:
Traceback (innermost last):
[some details here]
Local variables in innermost frame:
self: <comps.HeaderListFromFile instance at 856dea0>
.. and at the end, a bunch of "DriveReady SeekComplete" Errors on hdc. Yes,
the CDs are burned from the ISO on the ftp site, and I'm pretty sure the
md5sums matched (my friend burned them for me, and he's pretty thorough). At
least assume they do.
I have conistently had problems with the installer, and this is just one of
three main errors I usually get. I've actually gotten further into the
installation process than this step before, but never past the saving of the
installation image to the hard disk (i.e., some error like "not enough drive
space?" even though there is). I guess I'll file a seperate report for that
Just please don't tell me I can't install Linux with my configuration -- if
there are people who can install it on toasters and watches, I can get it up
and running on my comp..
Created attachment 53692 [details]
anaconda "SysVinit" error/crash dump.
Just to add more details that may or may not matter:
After I tell it to auto-partition, I consistently get a message that the boot
partition /boot may not meet booting constraints for my architecture. I take
this to mean that boot partitions past the nth partition might not boot. I
don't think this is very important right now, as I just want to get it
installed first and see for myself. I've always ignored this warning.
After it auto-partitions, the / partition has about 2.1 GB of space, and the
other .3 GB are divvied up between the boot partition and the extended/swap
partition(s). There still should be enough space for an install with Gnome
only, which I usually attempted when I actually got past the root password
screen. But I'll file another report for that one when I get there again..
I set the ntsf partition with Win2K Pro on it as the default boot image, and
tell it to install the boot loader (GRUB) record on the first sector of hda1
(the /boot partition).
The last non-error message I see on the screen after clicking "Next" on the
root password screen is "Reading Package Info". And that's when it crashes.
Wow.. do I win the "most detailed bug report" award, or what?
> I take this to mean that boot partitions past the nth partition might not boot
Er.. s/partition/cylinder/ ...
There are a lot of errors reading the CD-ROM in the syslog. Are these CDs you
burned yourself? If so, do the md5sums match those published on our ftp site?
I didn't burn them myself, my friend did, and the ISO's are on his computer, if
he didn't delete them. He's miles away and probably asleep by now, and I doubt
that he even kept the ISO's. I'm starting to think the burns were bad, and I
remember him saying that the CDs he used were cheap.. I'm currently downloading
the ISO's to an ext2 partition I just created and preparing to install from the
HD.. *hopefully* this will work.
Before this case is closed -- if the ISO md5sums did match, is the problem
definitely the CD?
Let us know if this is a problem when y'all reburn the CDs and check the md5sums.