[PC-BSD Testing] Boot Only Install Problems

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.com
Tue Feb 2 09:13:15 PST 2010


On 02/02/2010 11:55, Mike Bybee wrote:
> 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.
>

What partition layout scheme did you use? Did SWAP use up the missing 
4GB? Can you send me the /tmp/sys-install.cfg, or the logfile after a 
failure like that?


-- 

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software
http://www.pcbsd.com


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