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Re: Getting Rawhide



Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX N2469R wrote:
Could someone post an exact cookbook for installing rawhide
on an x86_64 machine?

I tried diskboot with several URLs but it always failed not being able
to access one or more files.

I tried loading FC8 and, setting the repository to development,
and then upgrading but this results in many conflicts with fc8
versions as well as missing dependencies.

What is the correct procedure, exactly?

Basically, three options at the moment:
1) network install from boot.iso
2) network install from rescue image
3) update from an F8 install

Option 3 is as you said is going to cause some headaches, it usually does until around the beta freeze (when features stop changing as rapidly and more effort goes into release preparation). It *should work* now, but you need to skip the broken dependencies and remove packages causing problems, etc. (not a start it updating and leave situation)

Alot of people do a partial update when trying this, choosing a group of packages like glibc, rpm, yum, python, cpio. Others leave those for last. Several people recently have had problems doing yum first to get to rawhide, you should probably not let yum update until you have the majority of the rest done until that problem is fixed.

The yum update path does need testing and feedback to the packages that are broken, but if you don't have time for the try/fail/try runs of yum then just do a network install.

Option 1-2: same basic thing, different iso image
For option 1 get boot.iso:
http://mirror.lib.ucdavis.edu/fedora/linux/development/x86_64/os/images/

For option 2 get the rescue iso:
http://koji.fedoraproject.org/rel-eng/trees/

Option 2 just has the stage2.img on the iso already (and defaults to rescue environment shell when booting from that cd), so the stage2.img will not have to be downloaded as your install starts. You shouldn't use the rescue iso if you're sharing partitions on the machine with another distro due to a bug (extents for ext4 get set on the partitions). I did an x86_64 install fine from that image.

Burn the iso. Boot the machine. Pick the installation mirror location (the 'os' directory where the 'Packages' directory is found).
http://mirror.lib.ucdavis.edu/fedora/linux/development/x86_64/os/

Run through anaconda and start the install. Yes, it can get frozen due to missing/corrupt/failed packages sometimes. You should try not to do network installs near the time period that the mirrors will be updating. For the US mirrors that should be somewhere around 2-6AM EST (when koji does the new repo build). If the repo changes while you're installing you are SOL and will have to start the install again.

To avoid that issue, you can download a local mirror of rawhide and install from that, a fairly simple process of rsync'ing off another mirror into a local webserver accessible directory, or NFS mountable directory. You should pull down everything inside the os directory to your mirror. If you have repeated issues with installing from another mirror, or you have a network connection thats a bit flaky, then mirror it yourself to save the time from failed installs.

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