[PC-BSD Testing] Boot Only Install Problems

Mike Bybee mbybee at dometrilogy.com
Tue Feb 2 08:55:17 PST 2010


On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM, Mike Bybee <mbybee at dometrilogy.com> wrote:

>
>
> 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
>


Oh, just as a follow up - only 8GB of the 12GB allocated was used.

-- 
Thanks,
Mike Bybee
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