Bug 76078 - NFS install option ignores "discX" convention
Summary: NFS install option ignores "discX" convention
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-10-16 16:54 UTC by Michael Richardson
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:47 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-10-16 16:54:59 UTC
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Description Michael Richardson 2002-10-16 16:54:52 UTC
Description of Problem:

The RPMS merging is annoying for a network install. Much easier if one can just
loopback mount the CDs and NFS export them. Certainly easier if you have three
CDroms, or a jukebox for them.!

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How Reproducible:

Do an NFS install from a server setup like:

cassidy-[/distros/redhat/8.0] mcr 1161 %ls -lL
total 1973822
drwxr-xr-x    6 root     root         6144 Sep 10 16:34 disc1/
drwxr-xr-x    3 root     root         2048 Sep 10 16:34 disc2/
drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         2048 Sep 10 16:56 disc3/
-rw-r--r--    1 mcr      mcr      675315712 Oct 10 14:31 psyche-i386-disc1.iso
-rw-r--r--    1 mcr      mcr      666271744 Oct  9 16:46 psyche-i386-disc2.iso
-rw-r--r--    1 mcr      mcr      677609472 Oct  9 18:08 psyche-i386-disc3.iso
cassidy-[/distros/redhat/8.0] mcr 1163 %df | grep distros
                        662072    662072         0 100% /distros/redhat/7.2/disc
                        653740    653740         0 100% /distros/redhat/7.2/disc
                        650656    650656         0 100% /distros/redhat/8.0/disc
                        659488    659488         0 100% /distros/redhat/8.0/disc
                        661728    661728         0 100% /distros/redhat/8.0/disc

Steps to Reproduce:

Actual Results:

It complains that /distros/redhat/8.0/ does not have a valid distribution.

Expected Results:

I expect it to see that there are disc1/disc2/disc3 in that dir, and then do
three more NFS mounts for them.
(You have to do the NFS mounts, because NFS does not cross mount points on the
It would be nice if this worked for HTTP and FTP installs as well.

Additional Information:
The workaround is to copy the RedHat/base/ dir from disc1 up one level,
and build a symlink tree from Redhat/RPMS/* to disc?/RPMS/*, and then do the
mounts manually.

cassidy-[/distros/redhat/8.0] mcr 1216 %ls -l RedHat/RPMS/zsh-4.0.4-8.i386.rpm 
lrwxrwxrwx    1 mcr      mcr            44 Oct 16 12:32
RedHat/RPMS/zsh-4.0.4-8.i386.rpm -> ../../disc3/RedHat/RPMS/zsh-4.0.4-8.i386.rpm
cassidy-[/distros/redhat/8.0] mcr 1217 %cat domounts

mount cassidy:/distros/redhat/8.0/disc1 /mnt/source/disc1
mount cassidy:/distros/redhat/8.0/disc2 /mnt/source/disc2
mount cassidy:/distros/redhat/8.0/disc3 /mnt/source/disc3

For mirrors, it would be convenient if they could just suck the ISO images,
loopback mount them, and be done. That would halve their disk space.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-10-16 21:58:23 UTC
That's why we support just using the ISOs remotely for NFS.  Handling loopback
mounted ISOs on the server-side for NFS is much less convenient due to the way
NFS under Linux works.

Comment 2 Michael Richardson 2002-10-17 01:26:21 UTC
I don't see how it matters. Three mounts, as I show, does the trick.

If there is a better way, I would love to hear it.
cf the documentation please. It is not obvious to me, and I've been doing
network installs of OSes since SunOS 3.

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