Virtual guest install fails with 'File contains no section headers' error

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Issue

  • The virt-install command line utility fails with the following error:
    • virt-install --location=http://192.168.1.1/ks/cfg/org/1/label/rhel5-x86_64-server [...]
      ERROR    File contains no section headers.
      file: /var/tmp/virtinst-.treeinfo.jIpalp, line: 5
      'install\n' 
      
  • Using virt-manager to install a guest fails with the following error:
    • Unable to complete install: 'File contains no section headers.
      file: /var/lib/libvirt/boot/virtinst-.treeinfo.WV23ds, line: 5
      'install\n''
      [...]
      MissingSectionHeaderError: File contains no section headers.
      file: /var/lib/libvirt/boot/virtinst-.treeinfo.WV23ds, line: 5
      'install\n'
      

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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