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    Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    I created a custom fedora 26 xfce iso but cannot use it to install onto an mbr system or onto a qemu virtual harddrive.

    I have followed fedora UEFI wiki, have made livecd usb and deleted the EFI directory but I keep getting the same anaconda error message:

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    AttributeError: ‘DefaultInstall’ object has no attribute ‘efi_dir’ -  anaconda
    Using the same kickstart file I was able to create and use a custom Fedora 25 iso with which I was able to install onto mbr systems.

    Obviously anaconda has been changed and may contain a bug (I did submit a bug report to red hat bugzilla). Here is the webpage for the bug report:

    https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1483209

    Any help will be appreciated.

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    All my systems are actually EFI so I haven't encountered this issue. While I booted in a basic VM with an MBR scheme I didn't actually try installing. It was simply to run a media test and make sure it passed and boots. I'll create a new machine and try it though.

    Have you tried building in F26 with fresh kickstarts downloaded from github and the applicable modifications to repository url addresses and packages applied? I did this because I wasn't sure simply modifying the 25 values to 26 in the flattened kickstart url addresses would work. There are slight package differences between F25 and F26 which also made changing my selections accordingly necessary.

    you can of course cut and paste some information in your original kickstart to the new one using a GUI text editor.

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    mine installs and boots with an MBR layout. not sure what the differences are but clearly something has indeed changed from F25 to F26 regarding kickstarts other than version numbers.

    https://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=315055

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    Thaniks antikythera!

    I will definitely use a new kickstart -- I shouldn't have assumed that reusing a fedora 25 kickstart file would be okay. Due to laziness, I guess.

    I will mark this as solved as soon as I roll another kickstart.

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    Well, I flattened a kickstart for fedora 26 xfce and created an iso, but I am still getting the same error. I cannot install the custom system either on mbr systems or on efi systems.

    Seems strange that antikythera could use a custom iso to install, while I cannot.

    Here is a snippet of the beginning of my flattened kickstart file (if anyone can see an error let me know):

    Code:
    #version=DEVEL
    # X Window System configuration information
    xconfig  --startxonboot
    # Keyboard layouts
    keyboard 'us'
    # Root password
    rootpw --iscrypted --lock locked
    # Use network installation
    url --mirrorlist=https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=fedora-26&arch=x86_64
    # System language
    lang en_US.UTF-8
    # Firewall configuration
    firewall --enabled --service=mdns
    repo --name="fedora" --baseurl=http://mirrorservice.org/sites/dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/26/Everything/x86_64/os/
    repo --name="fedora-updates" --baseurl=http://mirrorservice.org/sites/dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/updates/26/x86_64/
    repo --name=rpmfusionfree --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?repo=free-fedora-26&arch=x86_64
    repo --name=rpmfusionfreeupdates --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?repo=free-fedora-updates-released-26&arch=x86_64
    repo --name="rpmfusion-nonfree" --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?repo=nonfree-fedora-26&arch=x86_64
    #repo --name="rpmfusionnon-freeupdates" --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?#repo=nonfree-fedora-updates-released-26&arch=x86_64
    repo --name="RPMFusion Non-Free - Updates" --baseurl=http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/updates/25/x86_64/
    repo --name="google-chrome" --baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
    # Shutdown after installation
    shutdown
    # Network information
    network  --bootproto=dhcp --device=link --activate
    # System timezone
    timezone US/Pacific
    # System authorization information
    auth --useshadow --passalgo=sha512
    # SELinux configuration
    selinux --disabled
    #boot password
    rootpw rootme
    # System services
    services --disabled="sshd" --enabled="NetworkManager,ModemManager"
    # System bootloader configuration
    bootloader --location=mbr
    # Clear the Master Boot Record
    zerombr
    #swap size
    part swap --size=512
    # Partition clearing information
    clearpart --all
    # Disk partitioning information
    part / --fstype="ext4" --size=8194
    I might try to create another iso without bootloader --location=mbr (I will use "none" instead of mbr).

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    I didn't touch that setting. In my kickstart it is the default

    Code:
    # System services
    services --disabled="sshd" --enabled="NetworkManager,ModemManager"
    # System bootloader configuration
    bootloader --location=none
    # Clear the Master Boot Record
    zerombr
    # Partition clearing information
    clearpart --all
    # Disk partitioning information
    part / --fstype="ext4" --size=5120
    part / --size=6144
    in fact, I'm not sure what these options are there for as they don't seem to do a thing.

    it's shared here if you want to compare the two for any further clues.

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    Thanks for your help, antikythera.

    Because of the snafu with mock I reset the intro to my kickstart. I made changes following the latest lorax wiki.

    8. Add a root password:

    rootpw rootme
    network --bootproto=dhcp --activate
    zerombr
    clearpart --all
    bootloader --location=mbr
    part swap --size=512
    shutdown
    I'm going to change back the bootloader entry and comment out the swap entry.

    Here is the link to the wiki (the changes above are in the kickstart section of the wiki):

    https://rhinstaller.github.io/lorax/...tml#kickstarts
    Last edited by donatom; 20th August 2017 at 04:07 PM. Reason: trying to get link to work

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    Quote Originally Posted by antikythera
    . . . I didn't touch that setting. In my kickstart it is the default
    antikythera, I see that you have not sent the fstab file to the bit bucket. I will comment out that part of the kickstart file, if my other changes don't allow me to use the iso for installation.

    Thanks for your link to your kickstart file.
    Last edited by donatom; 20th August 2017 at 05:16 PM. Reason: getting quote to work

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    i changed the bare minimum I could get away with. literally, timezone, language, keyboard layout and package selection which required adding a few more url addresses. the rest I thought best left well alone since I'm no expert and lorax fell over at the slightest sniff of an error.

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    I rolled another custom iso. This time I made a custom fedora 26 mate_compiz -- but with a ton of additional apps. I tried to install it to a qemu virtual harddrive but the install failed again.

    There is an on-going bug report for the same bug (mine was eliminated because it was a duplicate). Here is the bug number: Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1481462 AttributeError: 'DefaultInstall' object has no attribute 'efi_dir'

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    very strange, I really dislike how fragile this ISO creation process has become. It's far too easy to end up with broken media compared to using the old tools.

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    I have found a work-around to install from a custom Fedora iso: I used the kickstart (with some modifications) and did an automated install. I set up my HP laptop as an http server (just download httpd, start up the http server -- i.e., # systemctl start httpd -- and open up port 80 -- http -- on the firewall in order to store the ks.cfg. I had to open up the http port on my desktop as well. Then I downloaded a netinstall image for Fedora Workstation (or Server); note, it must be a netinstall image (488 megabytes) not a full install image. Then I started up off the usb thumb drive and pressed "tab" and at the end of the boot commands I added: inst.ks=http://192.168.10.131/ks.cfg.

    I stored the ks.cfg in the /var/www/html/ks.cfg of my laptop which is the directory where you store files to share on the http server.

    There are two important things I learned during this (long) process: first the computers on the local network must use a wired ethernet connection -- wifi won't work (at least for me); second, the drive on which the Custom Fedora is to be installed will probably end up being wiped in the process. It seems that if you have a multiboot system this automated install is not the way to go.

    Here is a copy of the ks.cfg file that I used:

    Code:
    #version=DEVEL
    # System authorization information
    auth --enableshadow --passalgo=sha512
    text
    # Run the Setup Agent on first boot
    firstboot --disable
    #ignoredisk --only-use=/dev/disk/by-id/usb-ATA_WDC_WD7500BPKX-7_0123456789ABD71-0:0
    # Keyboard layouts
    keyboard --vckeymap=us --xlayouts='us'
    # System language
    lang en_US.UTF-8
    install
    url  --mirrorlist="https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=fedora-26&arch=x86_64"
    repo --name="fedora"   --baseurl=http://mirrorservice.org/sites/dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/26/Everything/x86_64/os/
    repo --name="fedora-updates"   --baseurl=http://mirrorservice.org/sites/dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/updates/26/x86_64/
    repo --name="rpmfusionfree"   --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?repo=free-fedora-26&arch=x86_64
    repo --name="rpmfusionfreeupdates"   --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?repo=free-fedora-updates-released-26&arch=x86_64
    repo --name="rpmfusion-nonfree"   --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/mirrorlist?repo=nonfree-fedora-26&arch=x86_64
    repo --name="RPMFusion Non-Free - Updates"   --baseurl=http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/updates/25/x86_64/
    repo --name="google-chrome"   --baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
    # Network information
    #network  --bootproto=dhcp --device=eno1 
    #network  --bootproto=dhcp --essid="ATT192" --wpakey=9b49c6c267c32f0213cffefebcc8542e60492d067dbec547229c567c8a580006  --activate
    network  --bootproto=dhcp
    #network --device=eno1 --bootproto=dhcp
    network  --hostname=fedora
    # Root password
    rootpw --iscrypted $6$UnCeKtsD0HUNWyWX$KB8vIWzpXP8SSvHJPhu.nF1CWWFB7hz8ICvxUQVK1H9h65AYRiWNRociGTXCN06bgzv4VbW0WO8T3x.xzUAYX/
    # System timezone
    timezone America/Pacific
    user --name=donatom --password=$6$4FlJTvbIyop0qG3.$Vz5KSSvmuNRAqcVlMTK7llwjeOm0VcIOimAgdP8I7LHwrr9yck3uENSJ9HDK8IwB87SRSpfB/WA7XxJpBYiuS/ --iscrypted --gecos="donatom"
    # X Window System configuration information
    xconfig  --startxonboot
    #firewall
    firewall --disabled
    #selinux
    selinux --disabled
    # System bootloader configuration
    bootloader --location=mbr --boot-drive=sda
    #zerombr
    #clear partitions
    clearpart --all -- --initlabel --list=/dev/disk/by-id/usb-ATA_WDC_WD7500BPKX-7_0123456789ABD71-0:0
    #autopart --type=plain
    # Partition clearing information
    #clearpart --initlabel --list=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD7500AALX-009BA0_WD-WCATR5711417-part1,
    # Disk partitioning information
    part / --fstype="ext4" --asprimary  --size=80000  --grow  
    part /home  --fstype="ext4" --asprimary  --size=50000  --grow 
    part swap --fstype=swap  --recommended
    
    reboot
    
    %packages
    @admin-tools
    @anaconda-tools
    @base-x
    @core
    @fonts
    @guest-desktop-agents
    @hardware-support
    @input-methods
    @libreoffice
    @multimedia
    @networkmanager-submodules
    @printing
    @standard
    @xfce-apps
    @xfce-desktop
    @xfce-extra-plugins
    @xfce-media
    @xfce-office
    NetworkManager-wifi.x86_64
    NetworkManager.x86_64
    aajohan-comfortaa-fonts
    akmod-wl.x86_64
    anaconda
    chrony
    dracut-live
    ffmpeg.x86_64
    firefox
    gcc.x86_64
    gedit.x86_64
    generic-logos
    generic-release
    generic-release-notes
    glibc-all-langpacks
    gnome-keyring-pam
    google-chrome-stable.x86_64
    gparted
    grub2-efi
    k3b.x86_64
    kernel
    kernel-devel.x86_64
    kernel-headers.x86_64
    kernel-modules
    kernel-modules-extra
    lorax.x86_64
    memtest86+
    rfkill
    sane-backends-drivers-scanners.x86_64
    syslinux
    system-config-printer
    tar
    vlc.x86_64
    wget
    xsane
    xscreensaver-extras
    ImageMagick.x86_64
    lorax.x86_64 
    mock.noarch
    @dial-up
    -PackageKit*
    -abiword
    -acpid
    -aspell-*
    -autofs
    -coolkey
    desktop-backgrounds-basic
    -fedora-logos
    -fedora-release
    -fedora-release-notes
    -gimp-help
    -hplip
    -isdn4k-utils
    -midori
    -mpage
    -numactl
    -xfce4-sensors-plugin
    -xsane-gimp
    
    %end
    I read that if you add "--install" to your repo lines, they will be added to your new system. That does not work; anaconda throws an error saying that it is an unknown option. I read that you should use the drives/partitions' id's and not their device names (/dev/sda1, etc.). That seems safer but it isn't foolproof. I originally wanted to install the custom system to a portable drive, and I used the usb drive's id. However, I had the usb portable drive connected to my laptop instead of my workstation (I wanted to copy the usb drive's id to my stored ks.cfg file and forgot to reattach the drive to my workstation). My new system was installed on my workstation and not the usb drive. Now I have to re-install Arch Linux (I know, I should have backed up the system). One would think that anaconda would have thrown an error!?

    Anyway, installing Arch is a fun (re)learning experience.
    Last edited by donatom; 18th September 2017 at 09:50 PM. Reason: Cleaning up grammar mistakes

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    Re: Cannot install custom fedora 26 xfce from iso

    Fedora programmers fixed anaconda -- but only in Fedora 27 (right now in Beta). I created a custom iso based on Fedora 27 Beta and was able to install it on a qemu virtual hard drive. Seems to work flawlessly. Anconda is fixed in anaconda-27.20.

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