Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 659727
Anaconda (kickstart) fails if computer clock is wrong and gives misleading error message
Last modified: 2012-08-16 13:02:41 EDT
Description of problem:
When installing Fedora 14 over the network using kickstart, if the computer clock is significantly incorrect, anaconda fails claiming that repodata.xml cannot be downloaded from the repository. I suspect this problem is triggered if the date on repo file is newer than the current date in the computer's clock. I'm not sure whether this problem occurs when not using kickstart.
The error message is extremely misleading - I spent hours trying to work out why none of the mirrors I chose worked. It was only when examining the bios when I release that the bios date had been reset. As you often want to reinstall a computer after repairing it, this seems a likely problem.
- Ignore invalid date on computer when installing
- Produce an informative error message under these conditions (optionally with an option for anaconda fix clock with ntpdate)
- Always use ntpdate when starting an install to make sure computer's clock is correct, or add this as a kickstart option
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F14 install anaconda
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Change computer clock to invalid date (e.g. 2008)
2. Try to install over network (at least using kickstart)
Error saying repodata cannot be downloaded from mirror.
Install to work, or an error message saying the clock is wrong.
Does this still happen with F17? Can you grab some logs of the failure?
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