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4.4. anaconda

Updated anaconda packages that fix several bugs and two enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The anaconda packages contain portions of the Anaconda installation program that can be run by the user for reconfiguration and advanced installation options.

Bug Fixes

When a host name provided by the user could not be resolved during system installation, it was added to the /etc/hosts file as a localhost record (under Thus when configuring the network, DNS resolution of the host name did not work properly. This update ensures that user-provided host names are no longer written to the /etc/hosts file and host name resolution now works as expected.
During the installation process, Anaconda failed to read the Release Notes using the getReleaseNotes() function. Consequently, the Release Notes button showed a pop-up error Release Notes are missing. The getReleaseNotes() function has been fixed and now properly presents the Release Notes when the Release Notes button is pressed.
The maximum size limit for all ext file systems was set to 8 TB. Consequently, Anaconda limited the maximum size artificially for the ext3 and ext4 file systems, even though these systems support sizes up to 16 TB. The size limits for ext3 and ext4 have been extended to 16 TB.
Pressing the ESC key in certain Anaconda dialog boxes behaved the same way as if the OK button was hit. This has been fixed and pressing the ESC key now has the same effect as hitting the Cancel button.
Previously, symbolic links in the /dev/ directory, such as /dev/fd/, were not created during installation. Consequently, an attempt to use these links during the installation failed. The source code has been updated and symbolic links are now created correctly and can be used during installation.
The openibd service was not enabled after installation when using IP over InfiniBand (IPoIB). Consequently, an InfiniBand device did not come up after installation. The underlying source code has been modified and the openibd service is now enabled when using IPoIB during installation.
Previously, the --label option in the part section of a kickstart file was not honored. Consequently, partitions were not labeled in accordance with the kickstart option after system installation. The source code that handles partition label setting has been fixed, and partition labeling via a kickstart file works as expected.
Kernel and initrd image sizes grew slightly in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8. Consequently, the diskboot.img file did not have enough space to store all files and some of them were truncated or were not included in the image. The size of diskboot.img has been increased and all files fit as expected.
Due to improper handling of invalid disks referenced in the kickstart file, Anaconda could crash with a traceback when attempting to execute the partitioning instructions. This bug has been fixed, Anaconda now checks for invalid BIOS disk references correctly and exits gracefully indicating that the referenced BIOS disk cannot be found.
Newer versions of nfs-utils and mount.nfs are set to use the TCP protocol by default and Anaconda mounting code conflicted with this new default. Consequently, the Network File System (NFS) sources were not mountable and users were unable to install the system over this protocol. The Anaconda NFS mounting code has been updated to use TCP by default. As result, installations over NFS function as expected.


This enhancement adds a class for Global File System (GFS) to the Anaconda code base. As a result, the lines with the gfs string in the /etc/fstab file are preserved on upgrade and using the gfs boot option enables a way to create new GFS partitions during installation. The lines with the unknown (unsupported) file system type are just commented out on upgrade instead of removed from the /etc/fstab file.
This enhancement includes Microsoft ParaVirtualized (PV) drivers into the installation environment. Previously, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a guest on Microsoft provided only a sub-part user experience with need to download and install Microsoft tools and add the PV support. This update enables seamless installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a guest on a Hyper-V server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux works out-of-the-box now.
Users of anaconda are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, that fix these bugs and add these enhancements.