Note: This is a beta release of Red Hat Bugzilla 5.0. The data contained within is a snapshot of the live data so any changes you make will not be reflected in the production Bugzilla. Also email is disabled so feel free to test any aspect of the site that you want. File any problems you find or give feedback here.

Bug 6159

Summary: FTP/HTTP/hard drive installs crash if non *.rpm files exist
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Jay Turner <jturner>
Component: installerAssignee: Matt Wilson <msw>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact:
Severity: high Docs Contact:
Priority: medium    
Version: 6.1CC: johna, mono, nelson, srevivo
Target Milestone: ---   
Target Release: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Fixed In Version: Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Story Points: ---
Clone Of: Environment:
Last Closed: 2000-02-21 21:33:49 UTC Type: ---
Regression: --- Mount Type: ---
Documentation: --- CRM:
Verified Versions: Category: ---
oVirt Team: --- RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:
Cloudforms Team: --- Target Upstream Version:

Description Jay Turner 1999-10-20 18:36:38 UTC
These install methods will lead to crashes (python
exceptions) if there are files in the /RedHat/RPMS directory
which are not valid RPM files, or are misspelled files.
Installer should really handle this a little better.  Best
case of this is when retrieving files from CDROM and getting
the TRANS.TBL file, or when using WSFTP and getting the ftp
log in the directory.

Comment 1 johna 1999-10-21 03:10:59 UTC
I am seeing the same crashes as per 5618, 5875, 5546, 5551, and 5615.

My system has only formatted FAT32/VFAT and formatted ext2 partitions.
The rpms directory is on one of the FAT32 partitions. Running "ls -a |
grep -v rpm" shows that the only non-RPM entries in this directory are
"." and "..".

------- Additional Comments From   11/07/99 16:02 -------
This is a real nuisance if you downloaded redhat form a mirror
site that automatically creates ls-lR files.

Please, when writing utilities like anaconda, include diagnostics. If
there was a filename with the error, I could have figured it out.

Comment 2 Jay Turner 1999-11-09 15:35:59 UTC
*** Bug 6808 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

I upgraded my Redhat 6.0 system from local hard drive.
Somehow, when I was ftping all the RPMs a few went missing,
and so my copy of Red Hat was incomplete. The upgrade
script crashed in a confusing way, throwing
incomprehensible Python stack trace. It would have been
more helpful to have an English error message.

I believe this bug is in the same general class as #6159: a
corrupted RPM repository not handled gracefully by the

Comment 3 eschmenk 1999-12-01 17:06:59 UTC
I think that this is something that should be mentioned on the 6.1 gotchas
page.  It certainly is one!

Comment 4 Jay Turner 2000-02-21 21:33:59 UTC
This issue is resolved in the latest beta.