Fedora 18 netinstall buggy broken mirrorlist
Why has the state of Fedora and Ubuntu gone back in time over the last year or two? Things were just starting to get good and poof, everything fell apart.
I’m trying to install using the Fedora 18 32-bit netinstall iso. While the new installer look and feel is nice, it’s very buggy and useless since I can’t even complete an installation.
I got stuck with no installation source. So a manual entry of a mirrorlist is needed, but that’s not something easily found on the site where you download the iso because they’re trying to hide all the nitty-gritty details. Ok, wat do? Lets try http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=fedora-18&arch=i386
Well that seemed to work. I was then able to choose package groups to install, but no matter what I choose, it eventually fails with Error number 14.
[Errno 14] Downloaded more than max size for
.rpm: 10136 > 3952
And look at that, no window resize controls or anything. Are there buttons down at the bottom? Who knows because I can’t scroll down to see anything!
So I jam on the keyboard a little and the window goes away and asks me if I want to submit a bug report. Sounds good to me, lets do that.
But even submitting a bug is not as easy as it should be. One time I tried to install and I got a popup asking for my redhat login, but I didn’t see an option for submitting anonymously. The third or fourth time attempting to install ended up in that window actually crashing too.
An unknown error has occurred
The funny part was there was bug report button on that window too.
Expanding the details of the unknown problem with the “More info…” button reveals an anaconda 18.37.11 exception report with a python Traceback.
Oh hai there, bug reporting submission failing? Would you like to submit a bug about it? By the way, Pete and repeat were sitting on a boat and Pete fell off, who’s left?
I tried one last time; this time supplying the inst.repo command line option during boot. Anaconda accepted the installation source and defaulted the software selection to GNOME Desktop, which isn’t what I want, but let’s go with it. Still I get the same errors.
But skipping the whole part about actually working, why is the root password entry button on it’s own page? Why can’t that just be in that 6th spot among the other buttons like setting up the package source and network configuration?
I guess it’s back to Mint or Mageia for a working Desktop Linux for now. Fedora 18, go diaf.