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Bug 5489

Summary: ftp install fails: no route to host, other weirdness
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Pekka Savola <pekkas>
Component: installerAssignee: Jay Turner <jturner>
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Version: 6.1CC: srevivo
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Hardware: i386   
OS: Linux   
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Last Closed: 1999-10-20 15:32:06 UTC Type: ---
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Description Pekka Savola 1999-10-04 16:02:44 UTC
I boot RH6.1 using bootnet.img.  There doesn't seem to be an
X installer for bootnet; well, I like the menu system better

However, ftp install from our local ftp server fails
miserably.  The installer loads stage2.img and hdlist just
fine (as I can see from ftpd logs), but when it should begin
transferring the actual files, I get some nasty errors.

If I use use FQDN of the ftp site (
[irrelevant info cut off] line 117 in connect
IOError: [Errno ftp error]
(113, 'No route to host')

And if I use the IP number of the site:
[some stuff cut off] line 1442
rpm.error=Cannot open

I have tried custom and pre-packaged installations.  The
computer has SMC Etherpower II and 3Com 905b NIC's, neither
work.  Removing the other physically did no good.

After trying to install RH6.1 like 5-6 times, I used RH60's
bootnet.img to install that from the same ftp server.  It
worked like a charm.

The installer worked fine (although pretty slowly,
considering it's a 100BaseTx network) on a similar box
with Tulip and Intel EtherExpress Pro 100 NIC's.

Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-10-20 15:32:59 UTC
The GUI installer is only available for NFS and CDROM installations,
so that answers that question.  As for the FTP problems which you are
seeing, are you giving a trailing space on the path to the source
files (i.e.  "/mnt/test/cartman/i386/" instead of
"/mnt/test/cartman/i386")  We have reports that giving the trailing
space can cause serious problems.  Reopen this bug if you are still
having problems.

Comment 2 schwim 1999-12-24 18:57:59 UTC
I too have had this problem.  Plus, once I finally did get the net install to
complete "successfully" I was left with a system that would not boot
completely.  In one case, I did get it to boot, but there were all sorts of
kernel version errors, and missing modules, etc.