Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

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Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby mcrider » 2009/04/01 03:00:28

I downloaded the CDs for both i386 and x86_64 builds of 5.3, and created a local repository, as I have done for previous releases. Using the netinstall CD, I was successful in installing the x86_64 build on a brand new computer (no previous installs). However, using the i386 netinstall CD, I was unable to complete installation on a PC that was previously running 5.2. I performed a text install, and used HTTP to access both my local repository and the mirror at ftp.osuosl.org, with the same results. I told the installer to replace all existing partitions with the default layout, and got as far as specifying a root password. After that it "retrieved installation information", and the progress bar went all the way to 100%. That was followed immediately by this traceback:
Traceback (most recent call first):
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/subprocess.py", line 975, in _execute_child
raise child_exception
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/subprocess.py", line 542, in __init__
errread, errwrite)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 488, in inVmware
proc = subprocess.Popen(lspci, stdout = subprocess.PIPE)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/yuminstall.py", line 860, in doGroupSetup
if iutil.inXen() or iutil.inVmware() or \
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/yuminstall.py", line 942, in doRepoSetup
self.doGroupSetup()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/backend.py", line 172, in doRepoSetup
anaconda.backend.doRepoSetup(anaconda)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 201, in moveStep
rc = stepFunc(self.anaconda)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 124, in gotoNext
self.moveStep()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/text.py", line 721, in run
anaconda.dispatch.gotoNext()
File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 1006, in ?
anaconda.intf.run(anaconda)
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby pschaff » 2009/04/01 15:01:40

I know netinstalls were tested during the QA process and no such problems were encountered. I just tried a fresh install like you describe, overwriting existing partitions with the default setup, in VMware Server 1.0.8 using
http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/centos/5/os/i386/

Hasn't finished yet, but has gotten well past the point you described - if I understand correctly. Currently at 45% through a default install.

EDIT: Finished without problems. Another i386 netinstall reinstall test on a VirtualBox platform also worked. Can you try a different install method? Perhaps there are hardware problems.
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby mcrider » 2009/04/01 20:55:44

I thought it might be hardware as well, given the age of the machine. However, I burned the first CD and started the installation over from that. At the point where the network install failed, the CD install continued to the package selection screen. I guess I'll revisit this later when I need to install another i386 machine.
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby SteveHnk » 2009/04/01 21:21:54

The same thing just happened to me.
I received the same Exception Occurred message and contents as mentioned above.
The target machine is an IBM Netvista 6649, P3, 863MHz with 256MB of RAM.
I have installed 5.2 on many of these machines for small Asterisk VoIP servers and have had no problems.
Any help would be appreciated.
While I am thinking and waiting, I am going to see what happens on an Intel Atom MB with a Realtek NIC chip.
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby SteveHnk » 2009/04/01 22:47:44

On IRC "tru_tru" bet on this being an out of memory problem so I put in another 128MB stick for a total of 384MB.
He was right. It now runs past the crash.
Too bad for all of my old machines.
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby mcrider » 2009/04/02 11:23:34

You're right - my machine had 256 MB RAM as well. However, a CD install works fine on this amount of memory.
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby pthoma » 2009/04/09 13:47:20

Yes,

i am encountering the same problem.

5.3 netinstall over local http of i386. No previous installation. (it is a vmware machine that installed 5.2 without hassle, but 5.3 seems to crash it)

I resized the internal memory to 1024MB, what does the trick. 256 and 512MB both don't work.

I exported the errorlog to a floppy.

Traceback (most recent call first):
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/subprocess.py", line 975, in _execute_child
raise child_exception
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/subprocess.py", line 542, in __init__
errread, errwrite)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 488, in inVmware
proc = subprocess.Popen(lspci, stdout = subprocess.PIPE)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/yuminstall.py", line 860, in doGroupSetup
if iutil.inXen() or iutil.inVmware() or \
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/yuminstall.py", line 942, in doRepoSetup
self.doGroupSetup()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/backend.py", line 172, in doRepoSetup
anaconda.backend.doRepoSetup(anaconda)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 201, in moveStep
rc = stepFunc(self.anaconda)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 124, in gotoNext
self.moveStep()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 223, in currentStep
self.gotoNext()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/text.py", line 672, in run
(step, instance) = anaconda.dispatch.currentStep()
File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 1006, in ?
anaconda.intf.run(anaconda)
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory

Local variables in innermost frame:
executable: lspci
child_exception: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
errpipe_read: 24
p2cread: None
errread: None
startupinfo: None
errpipe_write: 25
c2pread: 22
args: ['lspci', '-vvv']
errwrite: None
cwd: None
self:
shell: False
p2cwrite: None
env: None
close_fds: False
c2pwrite: 23
data: (iexceptions
OSError
p0
(dp1
S'errno'
p2
I2
sS'args'
p3
(I2
S'No such file or directory'
p4
tp5
sS'strerror'
p6
g4
sS'child_traceback'
p7
S'Traceback (most recent call last):\n File "/usr/lib/python2.4/subprocess.py", line 943, in _execute_child\n os.execvp(executable, args)\n File "/usr/lib/python2.4/os.py", line 341, in execvp\n _execvpe(file, args)\n File "/usr/lib/python2.4/os.py", line 379, in _execvpe\n func(fullname, *argrest)\nOSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory\n'
p8
sS'filename'
p9
Nsb.
creationflags: 0
preexec_fn: None
universal_newlines: False


12:46:17 DEBUG : DiskSet.skippedDisks: []
12:46:17 DEBUG : done starting mpaths. Drivelist: ['sda']
12:46:18 DEBUG : adding drive sda to disk list
12:46:19 INFO : formatting swap as swap
12:46:19 INFO : moving (1) to step bootloadersetup
12:46:19 INFO : moving (1) to step networkdevicecheck
12:46:19 INFO : moving (1) to step reposetup
12:46:19 WARNING : /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/snack.py:250: DeprecationWarning: integer argument expected, got float
self.w = _snack.scale(width, total)

12:46:19 WARNING : /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/snack.py:247: DeprecationWarning: integer argument expected, got float
self.w.scaleSet(amount)

12:46:19 DEBUG : repo time: 0.004
12:46:19 DEBUG : Setting up Package Sacks
12:46:22 DEBUG : pkgsack time: 3.378
12:46:22 DEBUG : Reading Local RPMDB
12:46:22 DEBUG : rpmdb time: 0.000
12:46:22 DEBUG : Getting group metadata
12:46:22 WARNING : /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/repos.py:68: RuntimeWarning: YumProgress.progressbar called when popped
self.callback.progressbar(num, len(repos), repo.id)

12:46:23 DEBUG : group time: 0.460
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby todd_dsm » 2009/06/04 19:46:15

SteveHnk wrote:
On IRC "tru_tru" bet on this being an out of memory problem so I put in another 128MB stick for a total of 384MB.
He was right. It now runs past the crash.
Too bad for all of my old machines.


This seems to be in question below. So, is more memory the answer?

You're right - my machine had 256 MB RAM as well. However, a CD install works fine on this amount of memory.
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby todd_dsm » 2009/06/04 22:19:19

Never mind, I just ran out for memory: I upgraded the box from 256MB to 512 ($20!) and I have a successful install.

After searching I found the system requirements in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Installation Guide:

Chapter 3. System Specifications List although it doesn't say anything about kickstart installs on this page it did cost me $20 to find out that these are (probably) the requirements for those as well.

Looks like our girl's gettin fat; she needs 512 just to install!!!
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Re: Netinstall problem with 5.3 i386

Postby sigfried » 2009/07/18 02:27:32

Hi,

I was just wondering...is there some kind of workaround for anaconda where I could somehow trim down it's memory usage...?
Or perhaps you could have anaconda utilize the swap space created during the disk partitioning phase...would that be possible?

I knew of this project called SLINKY, http://www.fzk.at/SLINKY/ , wich was designed to enable Fedora Core install on low end machines, but it seems development has stalled
at Fedora Core 5.

kind regards,

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