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Re: 2 anaconda problems on Alpha platform/Debugging?

On Tue, 06 Nov 2007 09:27:06 +0100
Oliver Falk <oliver linux-kernel at> wrote:

> Hi!
> Yesterday I tried installing an Alphaserver with our latest set of
> (AlphaCore) packages with a fresh spinned install cd.
> version for spinning iso: (only mk-images.alpha added)
> version inside the install medium: anaconda-
> With .42 I wasn't able to spin isos yet - there's also some error I
> haven't looked into yet. And I'm using pungi for spinning if that does
> matter.
> However. I noticed 2 problems:
> 1) Automatic partitioning doesn't work - it used to work in AC2, but I
> guess anaconda was patched by someone. If I do add /boot partition via
> switching to another console and using fdisk and then do a customized
> partitioning I get trough that point - however, I would really see this
> fixed upstream. I'll try to find the patch in old srpms.
> 2) Anaconda dies at the point of setting the root password. It spots
> some error about not being able to lock the file. Sorry, the real output
> I don't have anymore. :-(
> However. This raised a question. What's the best way to debug this? Can
> I somehow start anaconda on an installed system and do the installation
> on some loopback device?

Debugging and developing anaconda is tricky.  I suggest you go here:


And read the Developers Guide sections.

David Cantrell <dcantrell redhat com>
Red Hat / Westford, MA

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