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RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?



Like I said, I've never used it, but it is SUPPOSED to exist:

https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHEA-2006-0443.html

nicdelay=

If you want to download the srpm and take a look at loader, I think
that's where you will find the code.

Chip

-----Original Message-----
From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com
[mailto:kickstart-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Ramthun, William
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:34 AM
To: Discussion list about Kickstart
Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?

Chip - thanks for the help.

What I meant to say is that I am not sure how to use "nicedelay".  Is
this a boot: line option?  I couldn't find any reference on how to use
it.

-Bill

> -----Original Message-----
> From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:kickstart-list-
> bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Shabazian, Chip
> Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 1:38 PM
> To: Discussion list about Kickstart
> Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> 
> It's applicable because you said your problem was:
> 
> > the network needs to "come up" before Anaconda times out.
> 
> That's exactly what nicdelay is supposed to help you with.  The
problem
> is, it takes ~ 30 seconds for the nic to negotiate with the switch.
By
> delaying bringing the nic up until enough time has passed that the
> negotiation has taken place, you should then be able to configure the
> nic, get your kickstart file, and be off and running.
> 
> Now, I say "supposed" to, because I've never had to use it, and heard
> mixed results from those who have.
> 
> Remember, the nic gets completely cycled and needs to renegotiate 3
> times during a build:
> 
> at power on
> when getting the kickstart file
> when starting the build
> 
> Chip
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com
> [mailto:kickstart-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Ramthun,
William
> Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 12:26 PM
> To: Discussion list about Kickstart
> Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> 
> I did a cursory search of nicedelay and I don't see how it is
applicable
> for my situation...  Maybe I just don't know how to use it.
> 
> Portfast is enabled.
> 
> I tried the eth0_ethtool option, but that didn't appear to help.
> 
> I thought about placing the ks.cfg files in the initrd, but didn't
> really want to go there.
> 
> Thanks
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:kickstart-list-
> > bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Shabazian, Chip
> > Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 10:56 AM
> > To: Discussion list about Kickstart
> > Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> >
> > I think there was a "nicdelay" or something similar introduced
around
> > RHEL3U7, so you might want to try that.  Also, make sure that
portfast
> 
> > is enabled on the switches.  The other thing we do is set the
> > speed/duplex via ethtool to avoid autonegotion delays:
> >
> > eth0_ethtool="autoneg=on speed=1000 duplex=full"
> >
> > When we have to build via iLO, we embed the kickstart file in the
> initrd
> > and then use ks=file:
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com
> > [mailto:kickstart-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Ramthun,
> William
> > Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 9:50 AM
> > To: Discussion list about Kickstart
> > Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> >
> > In our normal data centers, we build HP DL385/585 daily as well.
The
> > data center with issues is from an acquired company with older Cisco
> > switches (5 years +).
> >
> > Installing RHEL 3 Update 5
> >
> > The install client accesses the RHEL 3 media server via eth0.  When
> > Anaconda times-out, I can run thru the install setup manually and
> > RHEL3U5 will install over the network.  The problem is the Kickstart
> > config is highly configured and doing a manual install is not really
> an
> > option that I want to consider.
> >
> > What I want is to access the ks.cfg via the network.  Which implies
> that
> > the network needs to "come up" before Anaconda times out.
> >
> > 	OR
> >
> > Read the ks.cfg from the cdrom.  But the cdrom is virually mounted
> over
> > the ILO port and is not accessible like ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg from the
boot
> 
> > prompt.  I don't know what the <cdrom> device is.
> > -Bill
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:kickstart-list-
> > > bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Shabazian, Chip
> > > Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 10:34 AM
> > > To: Discussion list about Kickstart
> > > Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> > >
> > > We build HP DL 380/385/580/585 servers every day while connected
to
> > > Cisco switches that we don't have any access to.  Are you using
RHEL
> 3
> >
> > > or 4?  If 4, do you have spare NIC's in the box? RHEL 4 enumerates
> the
> >
> > > bus backwards from RHEL 3, so if you have a NIC, it's going to be
> eth0
> >
> > > instead of the onboard...
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com
> > > [mailto:kickstart-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Ramthun,
> > William
> > > Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 8:01 AM
> > > To: Discussion list about Kickstart
> > > Subject: RE: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:kickstart-list-
> > > > bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of nate
> > > > Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 10:33 AM
> > > > To: kickstart-list redhat com
> > > > Subject: Re: "pump" times out -- extend a few seconds more?
> > > >
> > > > Bill-Schoolcraft said:
> > > > > Hello Family,
> > > > >
> > > > > I have a series of switches, in racks, and one of them seems
to
> be
> > a
> > > bit
> > > > > slow so when kickstart goes for it's dhcp request, pump times
> out.
> > > The
> > > > > initial PXE takes much more time to get an "ack" at the
initial
> > > contact
> > > > > than the same boxes in other racks with other switches but
then
> > > finally
> > > > > starts chugging away -- it's the next dhcp request that fails,
> > times
> > > out.
> > > > >
> > > > > Today I took the same box, draped a cat6 cable to another,
less
> > > > > populated switch, and it kicked fine.
> > > > >
> > > > > (question)
> > > > > So my question is, how or where can I place an argument to
tell
> > > > > kickstart's "pump" request to try longer before timing out.
> > > >
> > > > just curious, what type of switch? many older cisco switches
have
> > STP
> > > > on by default, if you set the port(s) to 'portfast' the links
come
> > up
> > > > immediately rather than waiting ~45 seconds.
> > > >
> > > > I'm not a cisco guy but if your switches are cisco the command
is
> > > > something like
> > > >
> > > > int (interface)
> > > > spanning-tree portfast
> > > > ^Z
> > > > wr mem
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > e.g. on my old 3500s (IOS 12.0 is the latest they'll run) int
> fa0/5
> > > > spanning-tree portfast
> > > >
> > > > I haven't encountered any other switch vendors that have this
> > > > 'feature' enabled by default. You can tell if it's on without
even
> 
> > > > logging in(to the switch) by checking to see if the link light
for
> > the
> > >
> > > > port spends a long time in the orange color before turning
green.
> > I've
> > >
> > > > been told more modern cisco switches ship with this feature off
by
> 
> > > > default.
> > > >
> > > > as for extending the pump times, I'm not sure, so I can't answer
> > your
> > > > specific question :) maybe the above will help a bit..
> > > >
> > > > I did a quick search on pump timeout, and what I did see was
that
> it
> >
> > > > may be possible to extend the timeout by adding a
> > > > /etc/pump_device.conf and using the option 'timeout <some
> number>'.
> > > >
> > > > though you'll need to add that to the initrd image..not the
> easiest
> > > > thing in the world.
> > > >
> > > > nate
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I am experiencing a similar problem; however, my situation is
> slightly
> >
> > > different.
> > >
> > > I have HP DL385's connected to a 48 port 10/100 module in a Cisco
> 6509
> >
> > > (with Sup 2 routing module).  I'm using the virtual CDROM via the
HP
> > ILO
> > > (Integrated Lights Out) interface to perform the initial boot.  I
> > mount
> > > a customized version of RHEL3U5 CD1.  My kickstart file is
specified
> > as
> > > an url.  The system boots and Anaconda starts, but before the link
> > > negotiation can complete Anaconda times-out and I am dumped into
an
> > > interactive install.
> > >
> > > A couple of data points:
> > >
> > > 1) The HP DL385 on-board NICs are manufactured by Broadcom.  I've
> read
> >
> > > about a known bug with link negotiation between the Broadcom NICs
> and
> > > Cisco 48-port line cards.  The link negotiation works, it just
takes
> a
> >
> > > "longer" time than with any other kind of NIC.
> > >
> > > 2) Setting the switch port NIC to enable "spanning-tree portfast"
> does
> >
> > > shorten the link negotiation time, but not enough to get around my
> > > problem.
> > >
> > > Work Arounds:
> > >
> > > 1) I will prebuild the kickstart configs and place them on my
> > customized
> > > RHEL3U5 CD.  I've been unsuccessful at reading the kickstart
config
> > from
> > > the CDROM.  The driver supporting the ILO virtual cdrom does not
> name
> > > the cdrom device as "cdrom".  Still reading up on this.
> > >
> > > That's it so far,
> > > -Bill
> > >
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