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Why does a fedora USB made from the DVD iso still want the internet?

asked 2012-05-04 14:54:26 -0600

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updated 2012-05-05 05:19:40 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

WONT INSTALL WITHOUT NETWORK!! Fedora 16 DVD will NOT install from a usb without a network connection. All the packages are already right there locally! Why insist on access to net repos?! To download the same stuff?! What an ass installer. Live USB Creator doesnt care, either. After downloading 3.5 Gigs already, I'm fed up.

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answered 2012-05-05 07:41:49 -0600

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please check the summery for yesterday's QA meeting this bug you listed here is different and that was not actually a bug that was fedora wiki

  • (806166) Installation using DVD ISO dd'd to USB can't use USB as installation source (tflink, 18:30:24)
    • LINK: (tflink, 18:30:28)
    • Accepted Blocker, ONQA (tflink, 18:30:30)
    • needs re-testing with TC2 which contains anaconda-17.23-1 (tflink, 18:31:36)
    • AGREED: - 806166 - This may be fixed with anaconda-17.23-1 but needs re-testing to verify that fix. (tflink, 18:33:19)

i request you to go through F17 Final Blocker Bug Review #4 Minutes

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Hrm, this just shows the number of changes that are being made. I used the dd method for a dvd iso just 10 days back. My bad. They really need to get anaconda and liveusb-tools in order though :/

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2012-05-05 07:43:45 -0600 )edit

i think it will get fixed with TC 2 kparal is testing it for TC 2 check c#13 and c#18

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-05-05 07:53:25 -0600 )edit

@tflink yep i know that bec this thing is goin on from f15 but it will be fixed in f17 , i hope so

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-05-07 12:59:54 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-05-07 11:04:26 -0600

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The answers given so far aren't entirely accurate.

This has always been the case for dd'ing the DVD to USB. It's one of the reasons we often recommend livecd-iso-to-disk rather than dd. You could usually pass a repo=hd:SOMETHING parameter to make it find the packages.

However, for F17 very recently, this has been improved so that dd'ed DVD images should now find the packages without any need for adding parameters manually. If you DD the F17 final TC3 DVD, it should work.

But yeah, it never worked for previous releases and was considered just a 'limitation' of dding images rather than strictly a bug. The 'fix' was considered to be to add the repo= parameter, or to write with livecd-iso-to-disk rather than dd.

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@AdamW FranciscoD faced the same thing with livecd-iso-to-disk but its showing the same thing and ya i cant say surely what method is used by him as i dont see any explanation about it here

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-05-07 13:05:42 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-05-05 05:24:55 -0600

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updated 2012-05-05 05:27:10 -0600

This is due to the changes in anaconda for Fedora 17, which has therefore caused changes in the livecd-tools. Recently, this command worked:

livecd-iso-to-disk --format --msdos <path to iso> /dev/sdX

where sdX is sdb sdc depending on where your media was linked to the system.

Note that you need to use the latest version of livecd-tools to create correct media. You can also use direct dd, which worked for me last week.

dd if=mediaiso of=/dev/sdX

Since the behaviour of anaconda is still changing, the documentation isn't stable as of now. It will be fixed before the F17 final release.

From the wiki page:

In Fedora versions prior to Fedora 17, a DVD image written to a USB stick with dd or an equivalent tool will function as a network installation image unless a special kernel parameter is added on boot: it will be capable of performing an installation, but it will need to retrieve packages from network repositories, it will not be able to use the packages present on the stick. To allow the installer to find the packages present on the stick, use the anaconda repo= parameter, pointing to the USB stick by its device node, label or UUID. DVD images of Fedora 17 do not suffer from this limitation.

Read the docs lately?

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Like I already said, changes are being made to anaconda to improve it. You venting your frustration doesn't really help @fedvasu. It isn't constructive at all, please avoid it :)

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2012-05-06 12:08:57 -0600 )edit

@fedvasu: can you please come in to #fedora-admin on Freenode? I'd like to speak to you? I see you are around.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2012-05-07 10:11:17 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-05-04 22:11:45 -0600

Akshay gravatar image

this is a bug it will be fixed till final release if you want to install it from dvd please burn it onto the disk it will work fine

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@fedvasu yeah i give +1 to you on this but i posted f17 bug bec this thing is goin on from f15 but it will be fixed in f17 for sure ,there are some anaconda issues but it will be fixed and then n one will find any difficulty in using dvd image in usb

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-05-05 11:29:42 -0600 )edit

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