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Description of problem:
When attempting to install from a local ftp server, the procedure fails at the
stage of "Reading package information". It appears to be having problems either
retrieving or processing file hdlist.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start install using two floppies
2. Select FTP method
3. Select partitions, bootleader, network, firewall, language, timezone etc.
Actual Results: Install procedes correctly, until it reaches "Reading package
information". The error message "Unable to read header list. This may be due to
a missing file or bad media. Press <return> to try again." is shown.
Accessing the alternate console via ALT-F3 shows the following error:
moving (1) to step readcomps
readheaders(): exception content-length getting content length
File ftp://192.168.1.8/9/RedHat/base/hdlist not found.
The last two lines appear five times.
Expected Results: Install should complete
Installation started using two boot floppies created from bootdisk.img and
drvnet.img, using FTP install option from local server. Note that the file does
exist on the server. I have mediachecked the cdroms that were copied to the
server and tried a fresh downloaded copy of hdlist, with the same result.
The install has been tried to two client machines (a RH8.0 desktop and a Windows
Laptop) with the same result.
The ftp server is on Windows NT (IIS 4.0 FTP service). This has been used to
host other installations (6.2->8.0) and has had no previous problem. The server
does default to ascii mode, so I wonder if that may be the problem.
Please try the update image:
Write this out to a floppy using the 'dd' command the same way you would make a
boot floppy. Then boot the installer with 'linux updates' and insert the floppy
Many thanks, using the updates floppy resolves the problem.
I encountered exactly the same bug (see attached "anaconda.log" file) during
installation of Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike) by FTP.
Using the update image as advised in comment #1 resolved the problem for me too.
Created attachment 91209 [details]
Anaconda.log of failed RH9 (Shrike) FTP installation
The changes in that update disk are applied in CVS and will be present in our
I ran into exactly the same issue. Allthough i was perfectly able to
get the file using wget (had to search for a device with sufficient
space though because the file is about 9Mb..
So it is not related to the length of the ftp-path you type in in the
beginning (because in my case it always came with a content-header-
length exception.. and the path to my install ftp is kinda long..)
just my 2 cents