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Old 12-16-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy Strange problem while installing linux using kickstart using pxe


I am running into a strange problem where kickstart installation fails with Error failed to read Rpm header, This happens when installation starts formatting of disk is also completed some of the rpms installed and then suddenly installer stalls with failed to read rpm header.

I have kept kickstart and install media on same host. I have changed the install media from http/nfs/ftp just to check is there any problem with the media but no luck.

However same installation with the same kickstart file works fine when both install media and ks file is kept on another linux host.

I am using RHEL 4 ,I do checked /var/log/messages it does not give any information on the failure and this started happening recently till that i was using the same server for my linux deployment.

Note: pxe setup, boot server ,install media and ks file all are in same server.

can any one help me route cause the issue.


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Old 12-17-2010, 02:48 AM   #2
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We've had similar probelsm which have been down to the web server not accepting partial ranges, so whilst the installer is expecting a specific chunk of an rpm it's been given all of it, so failed. Not sure this really sounds like your issue though. I would suggest that you run a network capture - wireshark / tcpdump on the server and look at the http interaction, see what the server responds with etc and see if there are any logical reasons for the installer failing. It makes sense to assume something it is being given doesn't suit it's requirements, just a case of finding out what.
Old 12-17-2010, 07:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, I will do run wireshark / tcpdump and update the latest.


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