Fedora follies

David A. Bandel david.bandel at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 18:00:13 PDT 2008

On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM, Lonni J Friedman <netllama at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 5:41 AM, David A. Bandel <david.bandel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Now, anyone got pointers on how to do a network install of Fedora over
>> the Internet (i.e., a network install without having to download the
>> entire Fedora DVD?).  Kinda defeats the purpose of a network install.
> You most definitely do *NOT* have to download the entire Fedora DVD
> just to perform a network install.  All that you need is the
> netinstall CD (115MB):
> http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/releases/9/Fedora/x86_64/iso/Fedora-9-x86_64-netinst.iso
> While 115MB might be a lot larger than what Debian is using, in the
> grand scheme of things, its not that big.

It's almost exactly the same size as the Debian netinst.iso.  But what
do I point it at?  And where?  All the install told me is it couldn't
find the metadata (repomd.xml) and in text mode even if I wanted to I
couldn't edit its location.  OTOH, I have no idea where repomd.xml is.

What I found in google:  about 20 entries that said to fix the problem
do: yum update (or some such).  Doesn't really tell me what to tell
the installer even if I could edit the location.

BTW, the FC9 netinst.iso had a file minstg2.bin and the text installer
errored out looking for stage2.bin.  Moving the minstg2.bin to
stage2.bin on my web server solved that part of the problem.

All the above lead me to believe no one does a net install.  That, or
the bugs only show up for me (I doubt that very much).


David A. Bandel
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