What I did:
Creating some temporary DASD space to hold the temporary installation files (kernel, initrd, parm and cmsconffile), I defined a temporary disk in storage at the CMS prompt, as follows.
DEFINE VFB-512 AS FFFF BLK 140000
FORMAT FFFF Z
Then using tftp I transferred the files over the network, converting with fblock as appropriate. My parm file contains the following settings:
The files were punched to the reader and IPL'd.
With RHEL6beta2 I receive a verbose error as cmsfscat crashes
cmsfs_find_label(): FS blksize 4096 does not match device blksize 512
cmsfs_map_ADT(): directory RECFM '' not 'F'
cmsfs_vopen(): cmsfs_map_ADT() returned -1
*** glibc detected *** cmsfscat: double free or corruption (top): 0x0000000080009100 ***
(Testing with previous versions; with RHEL5.3 I receive a cryptic error message "open(): No such device or address. cannot open '/dev/dasda'", but this is due to lack of dasd_fba support in linuxrc.s390)
What I expected:
As per the RHEL Installation Guide I expected the CMSDASD and CMSCONFFILE parameters to allow the installer to proceed without user interaction.
If the block device or filesystem is not as cmsfscat expects, it should report an error and quit, rather than crash.
Philip, it seems that cmsfs tools can't work with devices where the block size differs between the device and the filesystem (as shown in the first message). So your format command should be
FORMAT FFFF Z (BLKSIZE 512)
The other thing is to make cmsfscat end gracefully with an error code instead of throwing a traceback.
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