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Re: Testing the Fedora 11 Installation Guide



On Sun, 2009-04-05 at 14:53 -0400, Robert L Cochran wrote:
> This extremely welcome installation guide is wonderful! With relatively
> little time and effort, I was able to zero in on the requirements for
> doing a medialess install on an existing system that has the Grub
> bootloader, and it was a great experience. Too bad Anaconda crashed
> while creating the encrypted filesystem, but the intelligence of the bug
> reporting process for Bugzilla is amazing. The installer found an
> existing bug for this crash automagically, and added my traceback to the
> bug as a comment. This is quite heartening. It means a serious bug is
> more likely to get rapid attention because there is sufficient traceback
> detail posted to pinpoint the error.
> 
> The Installation Guide section on Cobbler needs to be rewritten. First
> off, I can and did simply mount my entire *DVD.iso image to an http (web
> document) directory simply and quickly using the mount command. The
> Guide does not explain what Cobbler does, and why I might want to use
> it. It gives the impression that one must use Cobbler to do an http
> install. The guide should mention that for the http installation
> message, it is sufficient to mount the iso image to an web document
> directory and all will be well. That would seem to match the Red Hat
> Enterprise Linux documentation I've read, although the last time I had
> to review that was a long while ago.
> 
> So, I didn't have to read the entire Guide through from page 1. I was
> able to locate the information I wanted quickly and use it quickly. That
> is one indication of a very promising, well-done document.

Thanks for the feedback Bob!

I've experienced the same issue.  While the DVD procedure you outlined
is noted in section 3.5.1 [1], the section on preparing an installation
server [2] could provide more details (or point to offsite cobbler
documentation).

[1] http://rlandmann.fedorapeople.org/Installation%
20Guide/en-US/html/s1-steps-network-installs-x86.html#d0e1471

[2] http://rlandmann.fedorapeople.org/Installation%
20Guide/en-US/html/ap-install-server.html#sn-install-cobbler

Thanks,
James

> Adam Williamson wrote:
> > Hi, folks!
> >
> > Every release, the dedicated volunteers in the Documentation team
> > produce the Fedora Installation Guide, an exhaustive and detailed guide
> > to installing Fedora. For Fedora 11, they have asked us in the QA team
> > to co-ordinate 'testing' of the Installation Guide. By doing
> > installations following the instructions in the Installation Guide, we
> > can find issues in both the Guide and the installation process itself,
> > and thus improve both.
> >
> > So, I have written up an installation guide 'Test Case' here:
> >
> > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Testcase_installguide
> >
> > As you can see, essentially what we'd like you to do is to take a look
> > at the Fedora 11 Installation Guide as it currently stands - it's at
> > http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/ - and try installing either
> > Fedora 11 Beta or current Rawhide according to the instructions found in
> > the Installation Guide. Report any problems you find - any bugs in the
> > installer itself, or errors or missing information or bits where what's
> > written in the guide doesn't correspond to what you see in the actual
> > installer - to Bugzilla.
> >
> > As this is a wide-ranging case which doesn't involve any particular
> > component or developer, we aren't running a Test Day for this, but
> > instead would like it to be an ongoing process throughout the rest of
> > the Fedora 11 release cycle. Please, if you have the spare time and
> > resources, try and take part in this testing! Please discuss any
> > questions, problems or issues as a reply to this thread. Thanks!
> >   

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