autoyast - file not copied when using file_location

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2


During an autoYaST installation it is possible to copy files to a location on the then installed system.
The file_location element specifies the location, the file should be retrieved from, and YaST will copy the file to the specified location.
For example the testfile.txt is retrieved from a location on the network and copied to /tmp:


After the autoinstallation the file was not copied to the location defined in the autoyast control file.
The following error is in the log file on the installed system:

2021-07-15 10:03:22 <3> <hostname>(2467) [bash] cp: cannot stat '/tmp/testfile.txt': No such file or directory


The SLE15 SP3 autoyast2 maintenance update released July/27 (autoyast2-4.3.86-3.17.1) includes the patch to resolve the problem.
The SLE15 SP2 autoyast2 update released September/14 (autoyast2-4.2.55-3.19.2) includes the patch as well.


When using the file_location element the file is copied to the inst-sys instead of the final system.
The patch fixes the problem by adding Installation.destdir to the source code.


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  • Document ID:000020340
  • Creation Date: 14-Sep-2021
  • Modified Date:14-Sep-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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