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netinstall problem -- corrupt alsa-utils-1.1.0-10.el6.i686.rpm?

Hello.

I try to install from the netinstall iso file. Everything works as I
expect up to the screen where I have to choose between "Desktop",
"Minimal Desktop", "Minimal", etc.

If I choose either "Desktop" or "Minimal Desktop", I have a pop up
saying "Installation Starting" with "Starting installation process",
and, about a few seconds afterward, an "Error" pop up that says:

The file alsa-utils-1.1.0-10.el6.i686.rpm cannot be opened. This is
due to a missing file, a corrupt package or corrupt media. Please
verify your installation source.

If I choose "Minimal", this is the same except that instead of the
alsa*.rpm, it is iputils-20071127-24.el6.i386.rpm.

I have successfully used this installation procedure in the past,
literally tens times (last time in January). Since it says "verify
your installation source", I have now tried again with

CentOS-6.10-i386-netinstall.iso
CentOS-6.9-i386-netinstall.iso

on two different USB sticks, written with unetbootin and
livecd-iso-to-disk on two different computers. I also have a DVD with
some former CentOS version (perhaps 6.4).

I have tried the installation on 3 different computers (on one of
which the procedure worked in the past). Every time it is the same.

NB: during the installation process, the URL I enter is
<a href="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/" title="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/">http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/</a>

Any "chance" there is a problem on the CentOS side?

Otherwise, what could I be doing wrong now?

Thank you very much.

Regards,
Alain Cochard

Comments

Re: netinstall problem -- corrupt alsa-utils-1.1.0-10.e

By Alain.Cochard at 10/31/2018 - 11:58

Hello. In short: I cannot help concluding that there is something
wrong with at least some centos mirrors.

I tried to install CentOS with several installation media with the
netinstall iso;

The computers boot fine on the installation media; I choose the
language (us) and the keyboard type (fr-latin1); then, at the
"Installation method", I choose "URL" and enter

<a href="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/" title="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/">http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/</a>

I choose "Basic Storage Devices", "Paris" as the "nearest city in [my]
time zone", the root password, "Use All Space", then click "Write
changes to disk", and choose "Desktop".

I then see a pop up saying "Installation Starting" with "Starting
installation process", and, about a few seconds afterward (no chance
to see any progress bar), an "Error" pop up that says:

The file alsa-utils-1.1.0-10.el6.i686.rpm cannot be opened. This is
due to a missing file, a corrupt package or corrupt media. Please
verify your installation source.

Last Thursday (Oct. 25), there was apparently a problem for this URL
(at least from my location):
<a href="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/" title="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/">http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/</a>, so the installation
process failed right away (I checked that I could not access it from a
browser either).

After a bit of googling, and out of despair, I tried using
<a href="http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6/os/i386" title="http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6/os/i386">http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6/os/i386</a> instead of
<a href="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/" title="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/">http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/</a> for the URL selected during
the installation process.

The next day (Fri. Oct. 26),
<a href="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/" title="http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/">http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/</a> was back to life, but with
it the installation failed as usual (alsa rpm issue). I tried again
with <a href="http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6/os/i386" title="http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6/os/i386">http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6/os/i386</a>, and... this time it
also failed (same alsa issue). Then I tried
<a href="ftp://ftp.free.fr/mirrors/ftp.centos.org/6/os/i386" title="ftp://ftp.free.fr/mirrors/ftp.centos.org/6/os/i386">ftp://ftp.free.fr/mirrors/ftp.centos.org/6/os/i386</a> and it worked just
fine all along (installation successful).

Today (Wed. Oct. 31), I try again with the 3 URL just above, in the
same order, with the same results.

So from my experience, as described above and in my initial email
(Oct. 9), it seems to me that the most likely is that there is nothing
wrong with my installation media (various centos netinstall iso files,
written on 2 USB sticks and 1 DVD, with unetbootin or
livecd-iso-to-disk, on different computers, which all fail in the same
way), but that is something wrong with some centos mirrors.

Best regards,
AC

<a href="mailto:Alain. ... at unistra dot fr">Alain. ... at unistra dot fr</a> writes on Tue 9 Oct 2018 14:22: