Bug 75948 - redhat-config-packages cannot find installation tree, no prompt for CDs
Summary: redhat-config-packages cannot find installation tree, no prompt for CDs
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-packages (Show other bugs)
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Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
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Reported: 2002-10-15 08:01 UTC by Carl
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-04 14:53:34 UTC
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Description Carl 2002-10-15 08:01:56 UTC
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Description of problem:
On a fresh desktop install (default packages), redhat-config-packages gives the
following error: "The path None does not look like a valid installation source"
and dies.  The only way to install packages from the installation CDs is to use
rpm from console, or to run redhat-config-packages with the --tree=/mnt/cdrom
option to manually point it to the CD.  Even then, if you try to install
packages off a different CD, instead of prompting for the other CD it simply
gives an "unknown error" and dies.

If run from console I was getting some kind of error about it being unable to
find redhat-cdinstall-helper or something (that binary isn't on my system). 
[DIFFERENT ISSUE]I am no longer able to duplicate that error because in trying
to fix this I uninstalled the redhat-config-packages package, intending to
reinstall it, but before I got there my rpm Packages index somehow got
corrupted, and now rpm just hangs when I try to install any package, remove any
package, or rebuilddb.  Guess I'm going to start over from scratch with this

I also poked around a bit in the code of redhat-config-packages and noted that
at various points it tries to look in /usr/share/comps - that directory also
doesn't exist on my system.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.install fresh desktop RH8.0.
2.try to run redhat-config-packages from the control panel

Actual Results:  Error dialog: "The path None does not look like a valid
installation source."
Program exits.

Expected Results:  Package manager should have come up, and (I'm guessing, since
it's never worked for me) it should have prompted me for the CDs it needed to
install the packages I asked for.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-10-31 22:47:11 UTC
What does 'rpm -q comps' say on your system?  How did you do your installation?

Comment 2 Gerald Teschl 2002-12-04 14:53:26 UTC
I just run into the same problem. It looks like /usr/share/comps is
missing after a network install!

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2002-12-04 15:53:50 UTC
It always gets installed for me.  Closing due to inactivity from the original

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