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Old 04-20-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Installing RHEL v6.0, getting error "UNABLE TO READ GROUP INFORMATION FROM ..."


Hi Guys,

I'm what you'd call a complete n00b to RedHat. I literally know nothing about it, so please bear with me as I ask for help.

I'm looking to install the 30day evaluation version. To tinker and experiement with it to learn it better, (after all the best way to learn the OS is to just toy with it).

I like that it was a smooth GUI interface for the install, but I run into a problem during the actual installation.

1) Install using DVD (tested media, it checked out good)
2) Chose basic storage.
3) RHEL goes to install a bunch of /dev stuff and then, bam, it dies with the error:

"UNABLE TO READ GROUP INFORMATION FROM REPOSITORIES. THIS IS A PROBLEM WITH THE GENERATION OF YOUR INSTALL TREE"

I know I need to provide you a bunch of information concerning log files, version, etc.. etc.. but I don't know how to even do just that. I'm a complete n00b and want to learn! Please help!
 
Old 04-20-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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There's some information missing between steps 2 and 3 like which package (sets) you're installing, if you've chosen to include on-line repositories as well and if you have customized any package sets. If the installation process errors out you still should have access to the consoles (by pressing CTRL+ALT+Fn where n is between 1 and 6) where informational messages, errors and traces should be logged. Also since this is about RHEL6 I would also suggest checking https://bugzilla.redhat.com as there may be related tickets posted there.
 
Old 04-20-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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Is your computer connected to the internet doing the installation?

If you are wireless, try wired.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for all the help thus far. I'm pretty sure I'm just on the wired connection as I haven't configured anything under network settings, but ill double check to be 100% sure. As for any custom packages, no I just installed the .ISO's straight from redhat. One was the boot disc and the other the OS. They are (222MB and 3.2GB respectively). I will also give you more info as I check through the install logs by what Unspawn said and will post my findings shortly.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 08:56 AM   #5
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Alright guys. I have screen shots... and I literally mean screen shots, as I used a camera to take a picture of the screen. (Dont' know how to dump logs or anything like that!)


Installation

Here's The First screen of the installation.

Here I select the devices involved in my installation.

Here I show you that I have two wired NICs in the box.

Here I show that I don't have wireless enabled.

Here I show that I'm blowing away whatever is on the disks...

Here is my Data Storage Disks and my Boot Hard Drive

..And here is the error that I ultimately get!

As unSpawn was asking, so I took screen shots of all the Fn keys.

F3, F4, F5, F6


Can anyone shed more light??

Last edited by afrojoe; 04-21-2011 at 09:00 AM.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 09:45 AM   #6
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Thanks for posting back. F4 holds the clue AFAIK: it seems the installer is expecting SCSI CDROM device /dev/sr0 but for some reason is not able to move from sr0 to /dev/sr1 properly. This makes it in some aspects look like Bug 613576 - Failed to install RHEL6.0 HVM guest from DVD ISO file and I would suggest you attach typed text output from CRTL+ALT+F4 there: I forgot to mention the fact you could siphon off syslog, dmesg and any tool output (most logging happens in /tmp IIRC) if you attach an external USB device or use a remote syslog host as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Installation Guide Chapter 10. Troubleshooting Installation on an Intel or AMD System says.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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So get this unSpawn... I decided to go for broke and use the OTHER downloaded ISO. (The 3.2GB one) and it worked! Upon further investigation, I realized that the the 222MB ISO is the Network Install ONLY/Boot Disc and then the 3.2GB one as the OS Disc. DUH!
 
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Quote:
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I realized that the the 222MB ISO is the Network Install ONLY/Boot Disc and then the 3.2GB one as the OS Disc.
Doh! indeed :-]


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