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Bug 158292 - redhat-release is not upgraded through Satellite if /etc/issue is modified
Summary: redhat-release is not upgraded through Satellite if /etc/issue is modified
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: redhat-release
Version: 3.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dennis Gregorovic
QA Contact: Red Hat Satellite QA List
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-05-20 11:27 UTC by Wayne Pascoe
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version: 3AS-13.7.3
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2006-05-01 17:17:17 UTC
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Description Wayne Pascoe 2005-05-20 11:27:27 UTC
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Description of problem:
When attempting to schedule redhat-release errata for update on a system with a modified /etc/issue (all of mine in other words), the update fails. The reason for the failure is that a config file has changed.

If /etc/issue is changed on a system to provide a company message, this package install fails. This can be circumvented by setting noReplaceConfig=0 in /etc/sysconfig/up2date. This is not an acceptable solution as it would expose real configuration files to risk.

Apparantly /etc/issue is seen as a configuration file, which seems unusual. This file does not affect the performance of the server or any application, nor do changes to this file affect operation of the server. This file is information only.

It is standard business practice to place a message to be displayed at login, often including legal disclaimer wording to authorise monitoring. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Schedule redhat-release update through satellite
2. Run rhn_check on server where update was scheduled for


Actual Results:  Install of package fails with message
Name                                    Version        Rel  Reason
redhat-release                          3AS            13.5.1Config modified 

Expected Results:  Package should have installed, possibly backing /etc/issue up

Additional info:

Comment 1 Mihai Ibanescu 2005-05-20 12:52:35 UTC
Not really an up2date issue, reassigning to redhat-release.

Comment 2 Jason Smith 2005-05-31 21:03:53 UTC
I would like to add that while setting the noReplaceConfig to 0 does allow
up2date to install the new version without error, but it also replaces your
company banner with the default redhat one.  Actually it renames your modified
banner to /etc/issue.rpmsave before extracting the new redhat issue file.  This
must be because the issue file is defined like this in the spec file:

%config(noreplace) /ets/issue

This behavior needs to be changed to allow up2date to work in an environment
where company policy requires a customized login banner.


Comment 7 Dennis Gregorovic 2006-05-01 17:17:17 UTC
I've confirmed that with the version of redhat-release included in RHEL 3 U7,
/etc/issue is now properly marked as %config(noreplace) and that up2date with a
modified /etc/issue results in package upgrade and the creation of /etc/issue.rpmnew

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