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Bug 451881 - "small" installation attempts to use missing video
Summary: "small" installation attempts to use missing video
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-06-17 22:50 UTC by Michal Jaegermann
Modified: 2014-01-21 23:03 UTC (History)
0 users

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-08-26 19:16:37 UTC

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log from a test installatio (deleted)
2008-06-19 22:14 UTC, Michal Jaegermann
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Description Michal Jaegermann 2008-06-17 22:50:40 UTC
Description of problem:

An experimental installation "from scratch" of F9, where only
"Base" and "Gnome Desktop" groups were picked up for a custom
install, brings up 645 packages and after that there are no
complaints from 'package-cleanup --problems'.

OTOH it that installation by default attempts to start in a graphics
mode and this makes it quite unhappy as X gets:

Fatal server error:
no screens found

It turns out that X attempts to use, quite correctly, a radeon
driver but that is not installed.  Quite easy to rectify but the
first boot is rather disappointing.

This report requested in a comment #10 of bug 388951.

Comment 1 Andy Lindeberg 2008-06-18 16:20:35 UTC
As a workaround, don't uncheck "X Window System". Will test this in Rawhide.

Comment 2 Chris Lumens 2008-06-19 20:39:57 UTC
Can you attach /var/log/install.log to this bug report?  Thanks.

Comment 3 Michal Jaegermann 2008-06-19 22:14:12 UTC
Created attachment 309886 [details]
log from a test installatio

You asked just in time.  I nearly "recycled" that installation. :-)

As you can see xorg-x11-drv-vesa got installed but that is not good
enough from POV of other software.

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2008-08-21 00:39:45 UTC
The groups no longer have dependencies, so you need to install X Window System in some manner. I don't think this is a comps bug.

Comment 5 Michal Jaegermann 2008-08-21 01:37:00 UTC
> The groups no longer have dependencies, so you need to install X Window System

X was there, and that was actually the problem. :-)
The issue was that it tried to use a non-installed driver.
Without X there would be no attempts to start.

Comment 6 Chris Lumens 2008-08-26 19:16:37 UTC
Well, some of X was there but not all of it.  When you select GNOME but not Base X, you only get the client programs and incidentally, an X server.  You're really not even supposed to get that.  You get xorg-x11-drv-vesa because it's required by the server you shouldn't really get.  However, the package you really want - xorg-x11-drivers - isn't required by anything.  This is so the X server can support a sort of fallback server which is useful for the terminal server people.

So it's a little confusing, but it's apparently all intentional.  If you really want to get the right driver packages, you need to select the Base X group in addition to whatever client program groups you want.

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