Bug 823861 - console=ttyS0 is not added to grub.cfg after serial console installation
Summary: console=ttyS0 is not added to grub.cfg after serial console installation
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 17
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Martin Sivák
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: AcceptedBlocker
Depends On:
Blocks: F17Blocker, F17FinalBlocker
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-05-22 10:33 UTC by Kamil Páral
Modified: 2012-05-25 02:00 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version: anaconda-17.29-1
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-05-25 02:00:31 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Kamil Páral 2012-05-22 10:33:42 UTC
Description of problem:
I just installed F17 RC3 DVD i386 while adding "console=ttyS0" boot option, following this test case:

I was using KVM and selected minimal installation. The installation went fine over serial console, but the installed system does not contain "console=ttyS0" in grub.cfg, therefore it is not possible to access the newly installed system over serial console. Also the grub menu itself is not displayed over serial console.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F17 RC3 DVD i386
anaconda 17.28

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. follow the linked test case

Comment 1 Kamil Páral 2012-05-22 10:34:51 UTC
Marking as F17 Blocker:
The installer must be able to complete an installation using the serial console interface

Comment 2 Kamil Páral 2012-05-22 10:39:49 UTC
I have found out that if I use "serial console=ttyS0" boot options, anaconda behaves fine - grub menu is displayed over serial console and grub.cfg menu items contain console=ttyS0 option.

But "serial" boot option is deprecated, this is displayed during boot:
dracut Warning: 'serial' is deprecated and has been removed.
dracut Warning: To change the console use 'console=' instead.

Two options here:
1. Re-introduce "serial" keyword in http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda_Boot_Options and modify dracut not to spit out that warning
2. Fix anaconda to correctly set up grub even if "serial" boot option is not present, just "console=ttyS0" is.

Comment 3 Martin Sivák 2012-05-22 13:58:57 UTC
Fix commited to F17 branch and will appear in the next anaconda build.

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2012-05-22 16:32:07 UTC
anaconda-17.29-1.fc17 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 17.

Comment 5 Adam Williamson 2012-05-22 17:56:22 UTC
+1 blocker per criterion, the intention is that doing a serial install as per documentation should work. Adjusting the documentation to match the behaviour is possible, but a bit icky, and we have time for a respin. The respin shouldn't invalidate results from other tests.

Comment 6 Kevin Fenzi 2012-05-22 18:53:37 UTC
+1 blocker. As long as this fix is isolated, seems good to me to respin.

Comment 7 Sandro Mathys 2012-05-22 18:58:49 UTC
+1 blocker as the fix is simple enough not to break too many other things at the same time and there's enough time left for a new RC. Otherwise I'd have gone with +1 NTH instead and CommonBugs/de-deprecate "serial" in anaconda docs, since that used to be the way to go in earlier version and most people wouldn't notice the bug because of that, anyway.

Comment 8 Adam Williamson 2012-05-22 19:14:41 UTC
tflink and bcl were +1 blocker in IRC, so that's +5: accepted.

Comment 9 Dennis Gilmore 2012-05-22 20:05:20 UTC
+1 to blocker sadly

Comment 10 Kamil Páral 2012-05-23 13:59:29 UTC
F17 RC4 fixed this.

Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2012-05-25 02:00:31 UTC
anaconda-17.29-1.fc17 has been pushed to the Fedora 17 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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