Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 85833
Anaconda handles missing packages poorly
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:51:55 EDT
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Description of problem:
Normally, if anaconda doesn't find an rpm that is selected for installation, or
finds one that is corrupted, it returns an error message with the alternatives
"cancel" and "try again".
On errors on mtr-gtk-0.52-2.i386.rpm, lynx-126.96.36.199.i386.rpm and
ncftp-3.1.5-4.i386.rpm this behavious fails. Anaconda reports "fatal error" and
only offers the option to reboot.
In my case, these files (and many others) were indeed corrupted and they
installed fine when I replaced them with good copies. The problem is not in the
packages themselves, but in anaconda's error handling: on these particular files
it does not offer the option to try again. Result: the installation has to be
started all over from scratch and annoyance reaches red level after the third time.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Ruin one of the packages in question
2. Try an installation that includes that package.
Note: Using NFS and the graphical installer.
If they're corrupted on the server and we don't find out until rpm is unpacking
them, there's unfortunately not much we can do :(
Well yes, there is: make sure that anaconda asks instead of just crashing. It
does that already on other corrupt packages, so why not on these three too? To
me, it looks like a forgotten if/then error check, nothing much more.