First of all, thanks you for your time today and your attempt to help.
I spent an hour of 2 to get it to work. Unfortunately it seems only more questions rise up.
There is some pretty weird behaviour of the system here.
Ok. here is what I did. i took this iso to flash a installation 8.6 stick.
also I took this iso to flash a driver stick on a different usb stick.
(I didn’t use it, I followed your procedure.)
Up to now, I found that I do not only have a sas perc H200 driver problem (mpt3sas:0072:1000),
also after running the installer usb almalinux rescue stick has no network.
After it booted, I found pinging to 188.8.131.52 gives a no network error. Simply the installer stick
doesn’t see a network, so it will never find the iso configured in boot variables.
Talking about that, I did exactly what you described and that part worked out. I have found the line and I modified and added the part you told me to.
I know this time I used the right line, cause I removed “quiet” argument which was indeed listed as you predicted.
After running with (ctrl X) key, I saw the script running so, indeed it picked up the new line.
However, and now it comes. (logically) It didn’t pick up the driver.
Again "you have no linux system installed " when I entered rescue shell and used “1.” to let it search for a Almalinux system.
For testing I rebooted the stick a couple of times and tried again.
Now, believe me or not, after trying a couple of times, witohut any modification or setting params in boot, it booted up, I chose “1” and suddenly it DID SEE the sas vritual disk. Even without a connected network.
This is really weird inconsistent behaviour.a couple of times booting, no sas drive available then suddenly without any change it boots up and does see the sas drive. Weird.
So, I was very happy. Also you were right about the “mpt3sas” driver in almalinux 8.
I was able to chroot the system to /mnt/sysroot.
I followed the procedure method 2 on this site:
to run “dracut -f” and it seemed to work. for my kernel:
4.18.0-372.26.1.el8_6.x86_64 (8.6 skytiger)
Later I did use the same command to do it for an older kernel 8.6 version on my system to be sure.
I was hopeful.
the dracut tool finished the job and left me with a blanking cursor.
I rebooted the sytem and tried to boot my system.
Unfortunately it didn’t boot up as I was hoping. It booted to Dracut mode.
It didn’t see the sas drive…Stuck.
Errors came up, but this time errors for 2 devices:
1.7537701 Warning: deprecated hardware is detected. bnx2:163B:14E4 @0000.0
Warning: DISABLED hardware is detected. mpt3sas:0072:1000 0000:03:00.0 is no longer enabled in this release.
Well, the latter one “mpt3sas:0072:1000” is a known friend. The system seems to know the sasdriver now, but does not accept it.
But why the hack almalinux 8.6 installer doesn’t see my integrated Broadcom network card is not understandable for me.
P.S the hardware is Dell T310 (with a perc H200 controller now)
That card worked since the beginning.
Before I migrated to almalinux I installed centos 8 and I don’t remember network problems.
So the result;
Unstable when booting 8.6 installer. Most times “no almalinux system installed” Sometimes,: Yes, found it. I can chroot to /mnt/sysroot/
After dracut -f the right image files in “/boot/initramfs-.img” i rebooted the installed almalinux system to find that SAS is not recognized with errors above.
Would it really make a difference from here to retry the process using a Centos7 installer?