Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 9517
Russian Text Mode Installation Does Not Work
Last modified: 2013-05-06 13:43:11 EDT
When booting from CD-ROM, if text mode installation is
chosen and Russian language is selected, then all screen
messages appear as garbage. Apparently the console fonts
are not loaded (Cyr_a8x16 in the file /etc/fonts.cgz in
This problem does not occur when booting from diskette
This problem also existed in RedHat 6.1.
*** Bug 9523 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Fixed in internal build.
The original bug was fixed, but Russian text installation still produces
garbage. Now at least the installer works consistently -- booting from diskette
also produces garbage (booting from diskette worked before this "fix").
The existence of this problem can easily be verified by booting Rawhide
of Feb 28 in text mode from CD or diskette and selecting Russian as the
The problem now is that a Cyrillic font is loaded (Cyr_a8x16), but the
screenmap (ACM) does not work. The font that is loaded is in Alternative
encoding, but the text is written in KOI-8.
If there are any questions about this problem, feel free to mail me.
This problem can be easily fixed by replacing the Cyrillic font file
(Cyr_a8x16) in the /etc/fonts.cgz archive in initrd.img on the boot diskette.
This file was correct in the Red Hat 6.1 distribution, but has a broken
ACM map in the newest Rawhide.