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Bug 229763 - Anaconda fail when using the PXE image and try to install it from an FTP server
Summary: Anaconda fail when using the PXE image and try to install it from an FTP server
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Cantrell
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
Blocks: FC7Blocker
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-23 10:00 UTC by Frank Büttner
Modified: 2008-05-07 01:13 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-05-07 01:13:26 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
The output of tty3. (deleted)
2007-03-31 16:44 UTC, Frank Büttner
no flags Details
The output of tty3 with debug. (deleted)
2007-05-02 06:46 UTC, Frank Büttner
no flags Details

Description Frank Büttner 2007-02-23 10:00:38 UTC
Description of problem:
When I try to install FC6 on an system witch contains only an hard disk via PXE,
anaconda will hangs for 5 minutes, after enter the ftp server's password. 
Then the menu for selecting the server will comes again.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
that comes with the PXE image of the FC6 DVD

At the console I can seen, that anaconda try's to load an file witch not comes
with Fedora.
ERROR: got to setupCdrom without CD device
INFO: transferring ftp://SERVER/PATH/images/updates.img to an fd
INFO: transferring ftp://SERVER/PATH/disc1/images/updates.img to an fd
But the file updates.img don't come with FC.

Comment 1 Frank Büttner 2007-02-23 10:35:53 UTC
After images/updates.img anaconda try's to get an file called images/product.img

Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2007-02-26 19:58:26 UTC
We try to grab them if they exist, but if they don't, then we're fine.  Does it
not try to get images/stage2.img (or images/minstg2.img)?

Comment 3 Frank Büttner 2007-03-01 09:43:30 UTC
No, it will not try it.

Comment 4 Chris Lumens 2007-03-23 17:21:24 UTC
This sounds like network problems after the FTP config information has been set
up.  If there's a really long timeout, it could be NFS being down or configured
incorrectly.  What sort of information are you entering on the FTP config
screen?  Is this still a problem with F7 test 2?  Can you post everything you
see on tty3 so we can get some more context on what's going on?

Comment 5 Frank Büttner 2007-03-23 18:19:33 UTC
NFS is not used, only FTP. And there is no timeout.
I only enter the path,server,user name and password.
Is there a way to store the log of anaconda?
Is there an faster server then to download FC7 test2? 

Comment 6 Chris Lumens 2007-03-23 19:53:22 UTC
I meant DNS, not NFS.

If you get to the graphical stage of the installer, you can look at
/tmp/anaconda.log.  Otherwise, you'll need to do something like take a picture
of the contents of tty3.

I don't know of any rankings for the mirrors for speed.  I guess just try to
pick one close to you, if locations are listed.

Comment 7 Frank Büttner 2007-03-23 19:57:02 UTC
I don't come to the graphical stage. I will try the FC 7 test2 tomorrow.

Comment 8 Frank Büttner 2007-03-30 07:16:45 UTC
Today FC7 test 3 is out, and I will retry it.

Comment 9 Frank Büttner 2007-03-30 13:14:44 UTC
So tested with FC7 test3 same error.:(

Comment 10 Frank Büttner 2007-03-31 16:44:22 UTC
Created attachment 151353 [details]
The output of tty3.

Comment 11 Frank Büttner 2007-04-27 06:32:26 UTC
Tested with FC7-test4 same error.

Comment 12 Chris Lumens 2007-05-01 19:56:23 UTC
Can you add loglevel=debug to your boot flags and take another picture like the
one in comment #10?  Also, what are you entering into the fields on the FTP
server dialog?  If you're using your own layout, what's the structure of it?

Comment 13 Frank Büttner 2007-05-02 06:46:43 UTC
Created attachment 153921 [details]
The output of tty3 with debug.

Comment 14 Frank Büttner 2007-05-02 06:48:58 UTC
I enter this in the fields:
     server: homer
     directory: /Fedora/core/DVD/7/disc1
     anonymous: no
under tree under disk1:
drwxr-xr-x    2 ftp      ftp        106496 Apr 29 09:06 Fedora
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp         18385 Apr 05  2005 GPL
-rw-r--r--    1 ftp      ftp         10000 Apr 26 20:57
-rw-r--r--    1 ftp      ftp        147767 Apr 26 20:57 RELEASE-NOTES-en_US.html
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1910 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1706 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-beta
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1519 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          2043 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-extras
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1722 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-legacy
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1105 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-rawhide
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1076 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-test
-rw-r--r--    3 ftp      ftp          1232 Oct 15  2006 RPM-GPG-KEY-rawhide
-r--r--r--    1 ftp      ftp          4320 Apr 26 20:57 TRANS.TBL
-rw-r--r--    1 ftp      ftp          2882 Apr 26 20:57 fedora.css
drwxr-xr-x    4 ftp      ftp          4096 Apr 26 20:57 images
drwxr-xr-x    2 ftp      ftp          4096 Apr 29 09:06 isolinux
drwxr-xr-x    2 ftp      ftp          4096 Apr 26 20:57 repodata
drwxr-xr-x    2 ftp      ftp          4096 Apr 29 09:06 stylesheet-images

I have try it with the full DNS name or Fedora/core/DVD/7 as the directory
->same error

Comment 15 Frank Büttner 2007-05-03 09:23:41 UTC
Here some addition information.
I have tested it today with different network options her the result:
- without DHCP and set the full DNS name:OK
- without DHCP and set only the host name: Fail
- with DHCP both of above fails.
- with DHCP and use the IP address and not the name: OK

Comment 16 Will Woods 2007-05-20 21:13:36 UTC
Your DHCP server is sending out the following info:

DNS server:
domain name: netz-von-frank

So when you tell it to go to 'homer', it would be looking up homer.netz-von-frank.  
What happens if you run: 'host homer.netz-von-frank' on a machine on
your network? Does that give the right IP?

Comment 17 Frank Büttner 2007-05-21 05:55:52 UTC
Yes it is so.
Here the output:
homer.netz-von-frank has address
homer.netz-von-frank has address
homer.netz-von-frank has IPv6 address fc00:0:0:1::1

Comment 18 Robert Scheck 2007-05-22 21:51:05 UTC
Are and within the same network, e.g. 
Sorry when asking such dumb now - can you be sure, it's not a IPv6 issue of 
the FTP/NFS server?

Comment 19 Frank Büttner 2007-05-23 06:57:13 UTC and are not in the same network.
And the client can only reach because 192.168.1.X are an pure router
network. IPv6 is disabled on the client. And an normal ftp access from other
system will work.

Comment 20 Sebastian Beetz 2007-09-28 12:32:50 UTC

I´m also trying to install Fedora 7 (final) via PXE/FTP.
I´ve setup an FTP on my 2nd PC, mounted the F7-Image and shared it.

Now, when I boot my machine via FTP an want to install via FTP, Anaconda prompts
me for IP-Address and the address of the FTP.
Now Anaconda connects to my FTP and looks for an "updates.img".

If I select FTP an give a mirror-FTP in the internet, there´s no problem an it
starts downloading stage2.img.

Waht´s the matter?? I think this is very wierd... :(

Comment 21 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 19:14:28 UTC
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
against rawhide during the development of a Fedora release that is no
longer maintained. In order to refocus our efforts as a project we are
flagging all of the open bugs for releases which are no longer
maintained. If this bug remains in NEEDINFO thirty (30) days from now,
we will automatically close it.

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Comment 22 Bug Zapper 2008-05-07 01:13:24 UTC
This bug has been in NEEDINFO for more than 30 days since feedback was
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