Autoyast Installation fails with <mail> section in the xml

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3

Situation

If the autoyast.xml to install SLES 11 SP3 from installation media has a <mail> configuration set, the installation will crash due to a wrong return code.
The problem is known and fixed with Postfix version postfix-2.9.4-0.15.1.x86_64.rpm but that rpm is not part of the SP3 installation media.

Resolution

To be able to work around this a custom channel (SUSE Manager / repo (SMT) has to be created:
 
(1) download "postfix-2.9.4-0.15.1.x86_64.rpm":
(2) copy the file to /srv/www/htdocs/<custom repo>
(3) on a SUSE Manager system issue the command inside the new path:
createrepo .
or:

createrepo /srv/www/htdocs/<custom repo>
 
URL for Autoyast later on will be: <media_url>http://<SUSE Manager>/<custom repo name></media_url>
 
on a SMT system you will have to install the "createrepo" package via "zypper in createrepo" or on the long run use the "create_update_source.sh" script:
 
mkdir -p /srv/www/htdocs/<custom repo name>
cd /srv/www/htdocs/<custom repo name>
./create_update_source.sh .
mkdir -p ./updates/suse/x86_64
cp -a <new-postfix-rpm> ./updates/suse/x86_64
cd updates/suse
create_package_descr -x setup/descr/EXTRA_PROV
cd setup/descr
ls > directory.yast
cd ../../..
create_sha1sums -x -n .
 
URL for autoyast later on will be different if you were using the "create_update_source.sh" script : <media_url>http://<SMT URL>/<custom repo name>/updates</media_url>
 
(4) once that is done you will have to add the new custom repo to the autoyast XML "<add-on>" section:
 
<add-on>
  <add_on_products config:type="list">
    <listentry>
      <media_url>http://<SUSE Manager or SMT URL>/<custom repo name></media_url>
      <product>SuSE-Linux-Updates</product>
      <product_dir>/</product_dir>
      <name><custom repo name></name>
    </listentry>
  </add_on_products>
</add-on>
 
Note: Please make sure to replace <SUSE Manager or SMT URL> with the URL of your SUMA/SMT and of course <custom repo name> with the name of the custom repo. 

Cause

The postfix package in installation media does not include the latest patches needed for autoyast to work

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  • Document ID:7015497
  • Creation Date: 08-Aug-2014
  • Modified Date:23-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Manager

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