Bug 849632 - PXE + inst.repo doesn't boot
Summary: PXE + inst.repo doesn't boot
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 849672
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 18
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Will Woods
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: AcceptedBlocker
Depends On:
Blocks: F18Beta, F18BetaBlocker
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-08-20 12:00 UTC by Kamil Páral
Modified: 2012-08-28 20:20 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2012-08-28 20:20:23 UTC
Type: Bug

Attachments (Terms of Use)
boot.log (25.53 KB, text/plain)
2012-08-20 12:01 UTC, Kamil Páral
no flags Details
boot-debug.log (1.00 MB, text/plain)
2012-08-20 12:01 UTC, Kamil Páral
no flags Details

Description Kamil Páral 2012-08-20 12:00:18 UTC
Description of problem:
If I boot vmlinuz+initrd and provide inst.repo=http://repo argument to the kernel line, anaconda fails to boot. The problem is probably in dracut, it doesn't download the stage2 image.

> dracut-initqueue[290]: Warning: Could not boot.
> dracut-initqueue[290]: Warning: /dev/root does not exist
> Entering emergency mode. Exit the shell to continue.
> Type "journalctl" to view system logs.
> dracut:/#        

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F18 Alpha TC3

How reproducible:

Comment 1 Kamil Páral 2012-08-20 12:01:30 UTC
Created attachment 605687 [details]

Comment 2 Kamil Páral 2012-08-20 12:01:34 UTC
Created attachment 605688 [details]

Comment 3 Kamil Páral 2012-08-20 12:06:03 UTC
I tried inst.repo=ftp://, it doesn't work either.

Nominating as Alpha blocker:

" The installer must be able to use at least one of the HTTP or FTP remote package source options "

Comment 4 Chris Lumens 2012-08-20 13:02:50 UTC
That's a really broad criterion, though, and you should still be able to use the UI to enter an HTTP/FTP source which would therefore take care of that.

Comment 5 Kamil Páral 2012-08-20 13:50:11 UTC
To tell the truth, I'm not sure whether that criterion refers to adding a custom repository in the UI or to the kernel boot options. PXE boot itself is listed in Beta criteria. Let's discuss at blocker bug meeting.

Comment 6 Adam Williamson 2012-08-20 23:35:43 UTC
Discussed at 2012-08-20 QA meeting, acting as a blocker review meeting: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2012-08-20/fedora-qa.2012-08-20-15.00.html . Accepted as a Beta blocker per criterion "It must be possible to install by booting the installation kernel directly, including via PXE, and correctly specifying a remote source for the installer itself, using whichever protocols are required to work for package retrieval at the current phase (Alpha, Beta, Final)..." - that's really what this bug is about, the repo is being used as a source for the installer, not just for packages. This bug does not necessarily indicate that inst.repo= doesn't work as a simple package source.

Comment 7 Will Woods 2012-08-28 20:20:23 UTC
'set_neednet' was broken, so the network never came up, so nothing ever got fetched.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 849672 ***

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