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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    I tried a test install of 20190305 today. And it went fine. But this was a fairly simple install, so perhaps it did not hit whatever problems some people might be having.
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    Unhappy Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by arvidjaar View Post
    Really?

    It is of course possible as confirmed by openQA
    It's not possible, as confirmed by me and everyone else reporting the problem. There are missing files on the ISOs/repositories, as specified in the error message screenshots I displayed.

    So you come here shouting "Tumbleweed down!" and demand that I must do debugging for you?
    I didn't demand anyone do anything. I simply pointed out that the problem is reproducible.

    That shows you are not really interested in fixing this bug but simply to use it as occasion to bash around.
    Is that why I went through the trouble of obtaining screenshots of the error message the installer spits out before it drops into the generic error screen? As far as I know, I'm the first/only person who managed to get the error message; it doesn't display before dropping into the error screen. I tried switching to different consoles today on a hunch and found the error message on one of the screens and then grabbed the shot.

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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    I tried a test install of 20190305 today. And it went fine. But this was a fairly simple install, so perhaps it did not hit whatever problems some people might be having.
    Did you enable online repositories? If you've got time, try the net install and see if it even starts. With the efibootmgr install message, it seems to make a difference whether the install drive is already partitioned or not.

    I just tried the net install again and this time it wanted to download a new file before starting; maybe there's a bugfix already? Nope; it just crashed again when updating online repositories.

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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by duncreg View Post
    It's not possible, as confirmed by me and everyone else reporting the problem. There are missing files on the ISOs/repositories, as specified in the error message screenshots I displayed.



    I didn't demand anyone do anything. I simply pointed out that the problem is reproducible.



    Is that why I went through the trouble of obtaining screenshots of the error message the installer spits out before it drops into the generic error screen? As far as I know, I'm the first/only person who managed to get the error message; it doesn't display before dropping into the error screen. I tried switching to different consoles today on a hunch and found the error message on one of the screens and then grabbed the shot.
    You never stated explicitly what you are trying to install! Please post the URL of the object you are talking about.
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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by karlmistelberger View Post
    You never stated explicitly what you are trying to install! Please post the URL of the object you are talking about.
    Tumbleweed. The installer is broken on two levels. The efibootmgr bug that this thread is about affects the installation on UEFI systems if the installer needs to delete partitions (I've since figured this out, which is why the poster above reported they didn't have a problem). If they run through the install a second time and this time select the option to remove partitions even if not needed, they'll run into the bug.

    There is apparently a second, unrelated bug that occurs if you opt to update online repositories (or use the net installer). Files are reported as not being found. This may be on the server end, and it frustratingly seems to occasionally work, so I don't know what's going on on that end. But what this means is that usually the net installer completely fails and the DVD install will fail if you select update online repositories.

    I'll update the efibootmgr but report and see if anyone on bugzilla can assist me with reporting the missing files bug since I'm still not sure on which end the problem lies. All the missing files the error message reports about are in the "/var/adm/mount" directory. On the DVD it'll say "couldn't open file" and on the NET install it'll be the same files, but this time 404 file not found. It's still doing it as of the latest March 7 ISO image.

    Actually, I found another person reporting the same problem now since February:

    https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1124911

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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by duncreg View Post
    Tumbleweed. The installer is broken on two levels. The efibootmgr bug that this thread is about affects the installation on UEFI systems if the installer needs to delete partitions (I've since figured this out, which is why the poster above reported they didn't have a problem). If they run through the install a second time and this time select the option to remove partitions even if not needed, they'll run into the bug.

    There is apparently a second, unrelated bug that occurs if you opt to update online repositories (or use the net installer). Files are reported as not being found. This may be on the server end, and it frustratingly seems to occasionally work, so I don't know what's going on on that end. But what this means is that usually the net installer completely fails and the DVD install will fail if you select update online repositories.

    I'll update the efibootmgr but report and see if anyone on bugzilla can assist me with reporting the missing files bug since I'm still not sure on which end the problem lies. All the missing files the error message reports about are in the "/var/adm/mount" directory. On the DVD it'll say "couldn't open file" and on the NET install it'll be the same files, but this time 404 file not found. It's still doing it as of the latest March 7 ISO image.

    Actually, I found another person reporting the same problem now since February:

    https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1124911
    Downloaded openSUSE-Tumbleweed-NET-x86_64-Snapshot20190307-Media.iso and installed. Expert partitioner > Delete partition failed. But Edit partition worked.As a result the installer readily deleted a swap partition and created an ext4 system partition.

    Just in case you need to delete a partition boot from a rescue or a live iso and have a try with expert partitioner. In case of failure use gdisk.
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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by karlmistelberger View Post
    Expert partitioner > Delete partition failed.
    Thank you.

    I have now tested that, and I confirm that deleting a partition fails. And it failed on deleting "/dev/sda5" which was not even the EFI partition, though I had set it to delete all partitions.

    Then I tried again, and this time I set it to create a new partition table. And, again, it wanted to delete partitions first with the same failure.

    However, I could use: CTRL-ALT-F2
    to get a command line, and use "fdisk" to delete partitions. That way the installer wouldn't actually know about it.

    So apparently openQA is not testing for deleting partitions -- or it would have caught this.
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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Thank you.

    I have now tested that, and I confirm that deleting a partition fails. And it failed on deleting "/dev/sda5" which was not even the EFI partition, though I had set it to delete all partitions.

    Then I tried again, and this time I set it to create a new partition table. And, again, it wanted to delete partitions first with the same failure.

    However, I could use: CTRL-ALT-F2
    to get a command line, and use "fdisk" to delete partitions. That way the installer wouldn't actually know about it.

    So apparently openQA is not testing for deleting partitions -- or it would have caught this.
    A similar problem occurred in the past. How to add this to openQA?
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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by karlmistelberger View Post
    How to add this to openQA?
    I presume you can start here: https://github.com/os-autoinst/os-au...istri-opensuse

    There is link to Contributing Guide directly on this page.

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    Default Re: efibootmgr won't print additional information

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Thank you.

    I have now tested that, and I confirm that deleting a partition fails. And it failed on deleting "/dev/sda5" which was not even the EFI partition, though I had set it to delete all partitions.

    Then I tried again, and this time I set it to create a new partition table. And, again, it wanted to delete partitions first with the same failure.

    However, I could use: CTRL-ALT-F2
    to get a command line, and use "fdisk" to delete partitions. That way the installer wouldn't actually know about it.

    So apparently openQA is not testing for deleting partitions -- or it would have caught this.
    Trying to change this: https://progress.opensuse.org/issues/49010
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