[CentOS] Network Install Problems

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 17:03:30 UTC 2005

On 11/3/05, Nick Wales <nick at nexusproductions.com> wrote:
> Installation over the network has seemingly failed, for the second time.
> Everything goes smoothly until about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the
> downloading packages stage, at which point it hangs (both times its been
> 8% through a package, not sure if this is of any significance, 1st time
> cups and now gawk).
> I set the install to look on the mirror.centos.org site and use the
> centos/4/os/i386 folder.

mirror.centos.org is actually a round-robin dns setup that points to
about 8 seperate machines that are located all over. One of them may
not be accessible from your network segment for some reason. For
network installs, it's best to have a local mirror, but failing that,
you should pick something close and fast off the mirror list on
centos.org to eliminate any potential blockages from hopping back and
forth between machines. For network installs without a local mirror,
it might be to your advantage to choose a mininal install, and use yum
install/groupinstall to get the rest of what you want after you have a
system installed and functional.

Jim Perrin
System Administrator - UIT
Ft Gordon & US Army Signal Center

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