Bug 722491 - new-kernel-pkg assumes /etc/fstab already exists
new-kernel-pkg assumes /etc/fstab already exists
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grubby (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
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Reported: 2011-07-15 10:19 EDT by Göran Uddeborg
Modified: 2012-08-07 14:04 EDT (History)
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Description Göran Uddeborg 2011-07-15 10:19:08 EDT
Description of problem:
I installed a diskless client using yum --installroot as documented in the Fedora documentation.  When installing the kernel package it issues the error message

awk: cmd. line:1: fatal: cannot open file `/etc/fstab' for reading (No such file or directory)

(Or in my case, a translated version of the message.)

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How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum --installroot=/some/dir --releasever=15 groupinstall Base
Actual results:
The above error message is issued.

Expected results:
No error messages.

Additional info:
I believe it is this code in new-kernel-pkg that causes the error:

    rootdevice=$(awk '{ if ($1 !~ /^[ \t]*#/ && $2 == "/") { print $1; }}' /etc/fstab)

There is no check in the script before the line to see if /etc/fstab exists.  The file belongs to the setup package, but only as a ghost, so it will not be created.
Comment 1 Mads Kiilerich 2011-11-25 10:05:27 EST
Where in which documentation is this way of installing documented?

I would say that: Creating a correct fstab is one of the things that just has to be done before the first rpms can be installed. The official and supported ways of installing do that. Documenting these requirements is not feasible, and that is one of the reaons that other ways of installing isn't officially supported.
Comment 2 Göran Uddeborg 2011-11-25 14:50:54 EST
> Where in which documentation is this way of installing documented?

I found it here originally:

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