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Bug 85833 - Anaconda handles missing packages poorly
Anaconda handles missing packages poorly
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-03-08 15:19 EST by Zenon Panoussis
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:51 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-03-11 12:33:46 EST
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Description Zenon Panoussis 2003-03-08 15:19:34 EST
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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- 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. 

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How reproducible:
Didn't try

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Ruin one of the packages in question
2. Try an installation that includes that package.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Zenon Panoussis 2003-03-08 15:40:33 EST
Note: Using NFS and the graphical installer.
Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2003-03-11 12:33:46 EST
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 :(
Comment 3 Zenon Panoussis 2003-03-11 19:41:24 EST
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. 

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