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Old 03-17-2009, 06:21 AM   #1
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FC10 installation failed due to "Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml)"


I have an installation problem that I cannot resolve. The problem arises during the installation process, using the Fedora-10-i386-netinst.iso image, burnt onto CD. Immediately after setting up the network card, I am given the error "Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: fedora. Please verify its path and try again". Since the installation process is text-based, I do not have the option to edit the repository list, and consequently, have to abort.

This is the spec of my machine:

Pentium 166 (yes, it's very old, but it should work, no?)
132MB RAM (just about enough ram for minimilistic server)
80GB hard disk
3com 10/100Mb network card

This is what I did in my attempt to fix the problem.

Hit Alt-F2
confirmed that my network card was properly configured and working (ping a local machine - successful)

confirmed that I can reach - successful
execute 'wget ""' - successful.

check the logs in /tmp/ - I cannot find any error messages relating to the repository error.

check the fedora.repo file in /etc/anaconda.repo.d/ directory for correctness - looks ok.

googled for anything relating to missing repomd.xml, there are lots of hits, but none of them are from the installation process. They are also mostly related to yum, which doesn't seem to be installed yet at this point.

As i can't find anymore errors relating to this, it's hard for me to progress further. Has anyone else encountered this problem, or no where I should look to figure out what's going on?

I'm assuming it's anaconda that is doing the initial retrieval of the repository metadata (did a find for fedora.repo, and it only exist within the anaconda.repor.d directory)

Is this enough information for an educated guess at where I went wrong? )

Thanks for any help!

Last edited by poipoi1; 03-17-2009 at 06:22 AM.
Old 03-17-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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I'm bored and was curious about how netinstalls work since I haven't done one before (I normally just get the CD/DVD.) So I downloaded the netinstall CD for Fedora and setup a VM to give it a go.

Everything is similar to any other installation, then you get to the part title "Enable network interface", initially I thought you might have not selected the interface, but it seems you can't continue without selecting an interface. I selected eth0 and left everything on default (DHCP enbaled, IPv4 enabled) and my installation worked fine.

I gave it another go, but this time around I manually configured the IP address (DHCP disabled), made sure the gateway and nameserver are filled in correctly and continued. It also worked this way.

Don't know if that is going to be helpful to you at all, but at least you know for sure that there is nothing wrong with the netinstall CD or the Fedora repositories, it's a start (and I got to see hot the netinstall works, which is a bonus.)

I can't offer an educated guess, it would be interesting to know what the problem was if you find out.


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