Bug 815117 - Can't pxeboot Fedora 17 Beta using images/pxeboot/vmlinuz and initrd.img
Can't pxeboot Fedora 17 Beta using images/pxeboot/vmlinuz and initrd.img
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dracut (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Unspecified
unspecified Severity unspecified
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Assigned To: dracut-maint
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-04-22 12:15 EDT by Jack Yatteau
Modified: 2012-09-27 06:11 EDT (History)
8 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2012-09-27 06:11:04 EDT
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Result of PXE boot attempt. (118.17 KB, image/png)
2012-04-25 13:21 EDT, Adam DiFrischia
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init.log from Fedora 17 x86_64 PXE boot (188.02 KB, text/plain)
2012-06-12 10:32 EDT, Sean Smith
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init.log from Fedora 17 x86_64 with ip=dhcp added (222.82 KB, text/plain)
2012-06-12 12:04 EDT, Sean Smith
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Description Jack Yatteau 2012-04-22 12:15:13 EDT
Description of problem:
Probably the same issue as #802042.  Procedure that works for Fedora 16 fails for Fedora 17 Beta, at least on Dell R610 (Intel x86_64).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 17-Beta as of 4/22/2012

How reproducible:
Actual results:
Loading times out to Boot failed

Expected results:
Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2012-04-23 10:09:42 EDT
Not sure why this got assigned to me.  Bill do you have any idea where to assign this?  Should it also go to Lorax?
Comment 2 Adam DiFrischia 2012-04-25 13:16:54 EDT
I am also getting this issue. Same procedure I've been using for booting Fedora 14/15 installs as well as RHEL/CentOS installs fails for the beta.

How reproducible:

Actual results:
After udevd renames network interfaces, drops to debug shell. After pausing a few seconds after renaming interfaces, I get the following:

[ 28.774194] dracut Warning: Unable to process initqueue
[ 28.774833] dracut Warning: /dev/root deos not exist

Dropping to debug shell.


Expected results:
Booting into Anaconda for install.
Comment 3 Adam DiFrischia 2012-04-25 13:21:58 EDT
Created attachment 580221 [details]
Result of PXE boot attempt.
Comment 4 Jakub Jelinek 2012-05-07 12:12:07 EDT
Yeah, this is a usability nightmare.  I usually just grab the vmlinuz + install.img, put it into /boot/, edit grub.conf and reboot.
Why can't it e.g. hardcode the
path if root is not specified, fetch that, and pick up squashfs.img from some mirror given by that?
Comment 5 Stephen P. Schaefer 2012-05-18 18:27:41 EDT
I get this too.  Once at the dracut prompt, is there a workaround?  Or is PXE boot just out of the question for now?
Comment 6 Sean Smith 2012-06-09 20:11:33 EDT
Getting the exact same behaviour with the full release of 17.  Looking for a fix.
Comment 7 Harald Hoyer 2012-06-12 09:05:44 EDT
can you add "rd.shell rd.debug" to the kernel command line and then you are dropped to a dracut shell.

mount /boot or a USB stick manually and save "/run/initramfs/init.log". Then attach this file here in the bugzilla.
Comment 8 Sean Smith 2012-06-12 10:32:26 EDT
Created attachment 591208 [details]
init.log from Fedora 17 x86_64 PXE boot

I have attached an init.log, as requested, from a Fedora 17 (GA release) x86_64 PXE boot done by a KVM guest.  The md5sums and file info on the kernel and initrd are as follows:
cbf35f7052fd9c315e821898a860c1be  initrd.img
5265c3296c7b262c9e3ce61bacac08e5  vmlinuz
-rw-r--r--. 2 root root 24337760 May 22 16:55 initrd.img
-rwxr-xr-x. 2 root root  4662160 May  7 13:35 vmlinuz

They were retrieved out of the directory releases/17/Fedora/x86_64/os/images/pxeboot of a Fedora mirror server located at rsync://fedora.mirrors.tds.net/fedora-enchilada just as I had similarly done with Fedora 16, and not had any issue.

If there is any other information needed, please let me know.
Comment 9 Harald Hoyer 2012-06-12 11:55:09 EDT
I don't see any BOOTIF given on the kernel command line, which is normally given by the PXE loader.

To workaround that add "ip=dhcp" to the kernel command line
Comment 10 Sean Smith 2012-06-12 12:04:48 EDT
Created attachment 591231 [details]
init.log from Fedora 17 x86_64 with ip=dhcp added

Sorry. The additional parameters did not improve the situation.  Still drops out at the same point.
Comment 11 Dan Waddell 2012-06-14 00:11:01 EDT
I was having the same issue tonight, but was able to resolve it by modifying the append options in my pixie boot to this.

"append ksdevice=link initrd=/kernels/f17_i386/initrd.img repo=nfs:<NFS server IPL>:/a/"

The "repo" option just needs to be set and pointing to a legit repository. In my case its an nfs export containing the the install media.

Hope that helps.  See here for more details:

Comment 12 Sean Smith 2012-06-14 13:39:51 EDT
Feeling very embarrassed for not checking the Release Notes.  Thanks, Dan.  Fixed the problem immediately.  I added a stage2= and everything's working.  Sorry for the trouble, and hope it fixes the folks who were trying to do the Beta builds.

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