[PC-BSD Testing] Boot Only Install Problems

Mike Bybee mbybee at dometrilogy.com
Tue Feb 2 08:50:50 PST 2010


On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.com> wrote:

> On 01/29/2010 16:30, Ian Robinson wrote:
> > Installing from PCBSD 8.0-RC-x64 "Boot Only" CD Image failed.
> >
> > ==================
> > TRY #1 Installling from "Boot Only" CD Image
> > ==================
> >
> > Upgrade -- Via Internet -- AUTO-DHCP
> >
> > Defect #1 -- You cannot select "Internet"
>
>
> Fixed in SVN
>
> > Defect #2 -- You can click inside and blacken the select-circle as if to
> > indicate that a selection has been made.  It has not.  You must also
> click
> > the label "Install from Specificed Server" to make it work.
>
> Fixed in SVN
>
> > Defect #3 -- User Error through typing a leading "/" in the "Select
> > Directory" box
> >
> > The target was ftp://mirrors.isc.org/pub/pcbsd/8.0-RC/amd64/
> >
> > Selected FTP
> > Selected URL:    mirrors.isc.org
> > Selected Directory:     /pub/pcbsd/8.0-RC/amd64
> >
> > Continued with the install configuration, and then noticed the double
> slash
> > ("//") in the middle of the reported path (i.e.,
> > ftp://mirrors.isc.org//pub/pcbsd/8.0-RC/amd64/ ),
>
> Good catch, fixed in SVN.
>
> > Defect #4 Going Back Problems. -- I tried to go back.  While the
> installer
> > does let you go back a couple of steps, but it did not let me reset the
> > directory path.  That could have been, as I discovered later, that it is
> > sometimes the case that the  selection window hides behind the main
> > installer window.
>
> I think in this case it was "hiding" behind the main window, I've added
> an extra call in QT which should force it to the top :P
>
> > I could go forward again.  However, when you go forward again, the
> installer
> > routine no longer reports the ftp path.
> >
> > Well, after going forward, the outcome was not pretty because:
> >
> > * The installer "cleans up" (i.e. removes the old installation)
> > * The installer begins the installation
> > * The installer cannot find the install source directories (over ftp)
> > * The installer immediately reports "The installer encountered an error
> and
> > has been halted."
> >
> > * The data in /home/<User_Name>  only appeared to be intact, since you
> could
> > open an Xterm window, mount the /home directory at /mnt/home and list the
> > files.
> > * A reboot to the "original" installation fails as no kernel will load
> (no
> > surprise).
> > * But I could start PCBSD in the console mode, mount /home/<user_name>
>  and
> > see all my data files.
> >
> > Defect # 5  -- The steps to send an installation error report to my email
> > failed to deliver it to my email, altlhough it reported that it had sent
> it.
>
> I've reworked that script, we can't reliably e-mail since we don't know
> about users net connection, smtp settings, etc.
>
>
> > ==================
> > Try #2 -- Attempted to do an Upgrade Install from "Boot Only" CD after
> the
> > previous failure.
> > ==================
> >
> > I correctly named the directory by omitting the leading "/"
> > Began the upgrade but it failed, probably because it does not see a
> system
> > to upgrade.
>
> When it fails, can you click "details" on the error dialog and send me
> the last few lines?
>
> > ==================
> > Try #3 -- Fresh Install from "Boot Only" CD
> > ==================
> >
> > Started the install routine OK, reached the point where it began to
> download
> > from mirrors.isc.org website, and then failed.  Likewise, the attempt to
> > send an email message failed as before.
> >
> > ==================
> > Instructions Needed for Network Install Using "Boot Only" CD
> > ==================
> >
> > The PCBSD Guide does not have instructions for using the Boot Only CD.
> >
> > There is good picture-based installation advice for "Boot Only" at
> > http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Unix/BSD/FreeBSD/Q_24389832.htm
> (Note
> > -- you have to scroll almost all the way down past the advertising crap
> to
> > see the pictures)  The pictures are from a previous installer (PCBSD
> 7.x),
> > but clearly illustrate the steps.  Something like this would be a great
> > addition to the PCBSD User Guide
> >
> > Ian Robinson
>
> We'll need to get the wiki updated to show this soon :) Hopefully I've
> been able to fix your actual installation bugs now though!
>
> --
>
> Kris Moore
> PC-BSD Software
> http://www.pcbsd.com
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>

Noticed this one this morning - during an install that completed
"successfully", I saw dozens of 'write failure, filesystem full" errors when
it performed the shutdown.


-- 
Thanks,
Mike Bybee
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