Client keyboard problems

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Marc K
2013-06-18
2014-04-11
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  • Ricardo

    Ricardo - 2013-09-05

    Hi all, installed ubuntu 13.04 in the virtual environment (vmware) and seens that all problesm were gone..

    TIP: tested with Clonezilla live CD and worked fine on the client machine, so.. on drblpush-i, selected option 3 (use Clonezilla live as the OS) on the clonezilla mode option...

    Keyboard worked after tried too manny different things.. so.. don´t know wich one worked.. LOL..

    Thanks Everybody, I hope this discussion can be used for someone that is having the same kind of problem!

    Thanks Steve!!

    B. Regards
    Ricardo

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2013-09-12

    Cool! Finally it's working there. However, if you all can identify what is the culprit, please let me know.
    Thanks.

    Steven.

     
  • Hangs Breaker

    Hangs Breaker - 2013-09-25

    The same thing happened to me. I want to backup the hard drive, I chose the spare disk. on the img naming I have to press many times the keyboard, then press the space bar to the OK button. The next on my hard drive option press the space bar several times to be selected when I press the up or down does not work, but it is not long off the monitor (monitor no signal) but the computer was still alive, I press Ctrl + Alt + Del several times and then the computer restarts.

    I tried all of that in the mentioned above still could not. I use Ubuntu Desktop 13:04

    help please =)

     
  • boanerges1

    boanerges1 - 2013-10-09

    Hi Michael,

    Please help on how did you resolved your keyboard issue. Here's my e-mail pauljanabajal@gmail.com. Appreciate your help! :)

    Thanks

     
  • Tom

    Tom - 2013-10-10

    I have the same issue. Same thing where ever i try to install clonezilla (laptop or virtual machine). Here is what I did incase it might help reproduce the issue. Or someone else might notice if i did something wrong.

    • Installed Ubuntu 12.04.3 32bit.
    • run "wget -q http://drbl.org/GPG-KEY-DRBL -O- | sudo apt-key add -"
    • added deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main restricted universe multiverse and deb http://drbl.sourceforge.net/drbl-core drbl stable to the sources list.
    • run "apt-get update"
    • run "apt-get install drbl" (installed version is 2.4.19-drbl1)
    • run "drblsrv -i"
    • run "drblpush - i" All were default except no diskless service to client
    • run "dcs"
      • clonezilla start
      • beginner
      • save disk
      • save name later in client
      • rest default

    On the client(various thinkpads), when i try to rename the image, pressing the arrow keys will show the ubuntu screen with the 5 dots as in the videos from Michel.

    If i set the image name on the server first, the cloning works fine, but it looks off. i attached a picture of the client screen while cloning.

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2013-10-13

    @Tom,
    Thanks for the details.
    What's the locales there?

    Steven.

     
    • Tom

      Tom - 2013-10-14

      Is this what your are looking for?
      en_US.UTF-8

       
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2013-10-29

    Sigh... I can not reproduce the problem here. Even I forced the system to use en_US.UTF-8, and also followed your steps to save an image for my client. My client is normal and I could enter exactly the characters I want...

    Steven.

     
    Last edit: Steven Shiau 2013-10-30
    • Tom

      Tom - 2013-11-01

      Thanks for trying. I just tried the installation again and still have the same issue.

       
      • Steven Shiau

        Steven Shiau - 2013-11-03

        Tom,
        Could you please tell me how you install Ubuntu 12.04.3 32bit? From CD, network or?
        Please also tell me your steps of the installation of Ubuntu. I believe maybe something different we have is on the distribution configuration, not DRBL itself.
        Thanks.

        Steven.

         
        • Tom

          Tom - 2013-11-04

          I downloaded ubuntu 12.04 iso from the ubuntu site and burned it to a cd.
          I installed ubuntu on a laptop and also tried with a vmware server.

          I can't think of anything out of the ordinary during installation. Mostly just hitting next. On the laptop, I configured the alias IP address since there was only one nic. On the vmware server, I had multiple nics but had the same issue.

          I think it may have been a ubuntu update a few months ago.

          I will try another distribution or an older ubuntu release without downloading updates during installation.

           
        • Tom

          Tom - 2013-11-04

          I installed Ubuntu 12.04.2 32bit and that works.
          No keyboard issues for me and the interface is normal.

          edit: now not working. will continue to test.

           
          Last edit: Tom 2013-11-04
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2013-11-21

    Guys,
    Maybe this issue is not about keyboard, instead it's about plymouth.
    Please run the following command as root on your DRBL server:
    1. echo "manual" > /tftpboot/node_root/etc/init/plymouth.override
    2. Run "drblpush -i" again.

    By doing this, we can fully disable plymouth service. However, there is a side effect that the graphic mode of DRBL client won't be started automatically. You have to manually start lightdm on your DRBL client.
    You can ignore this side effect if your purpose to use DRBL is for Clonezilla SE. Because Clonezilla is run in text mode so you won't be affected.

    Steven.

     
  • pitersc

    pitersc - 2013-12-21

    Hi Guys, first of all, thank u very much Steven. You are right the problem is about plymouth. Here you are a little guide of my installation with only a clonezilla box model [1]:

    1.- Select option [1] when you choose the kernel installing DRBL server (drblsrv -i)
    2.- Setup de server (drblpush -i)
    3.- Run the next commands in these directories: /tftpboot/node_root/ and /tftpboot/nodes/$IP/
    echo "manual" > etc/init/plymouth.override
    echo 'manual' > etc/init/plymouth-log.override
    echo "manual" > etc/init/plymouth-ready.override
    echo "manual" > etc/init/plymouth-splash.override
    echo "manual" > etc/init/plymouth-stop.override
    echo "manual" > etc/init/plymouth-upstart-bridge.override
    4.- I have disabled plymounth in the grub as well. Modifying etc/default/grub files in the same directories than before: /tftpboot/node_root/ and /tftpboot/nodes/$IP/
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="ro plymouth.ignore-show-splash"
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""
    GRUB_TERMINAL=console # Uncomment this line

    5.- Run "drblpush -i" again and check out that the files modified before haven't changed.

    This works for me. I hope it helps.
    Regards and sorry about my english,
    Piter.

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2013-12-29

    Piter,
    Cool! Thanks for confirming that, and providing the details.

    Steven.

     
  • Sean Kannegiesser

    Has anyone been able to fix this issue?

    I've tried Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 32bit and default for everything and I still get this error.

    I've also tried different versions of Ubuntu both 32bit and 64bit and same results. I was only able to get it working in Debian 7 which no issues.

    I have the exact same problems as stated above. I've tried the fixes that people had suggested and same result.

    Thoughts ideas?

    Please let me know

    Thanks

    Sean

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-01-30

    Which version of DRBL are you using? This issue should have been fixed in drbl >= 2.6.15-drbl1.

    Steven.

     
  • Sean Kannegiesser

    I'd have to re-check. It was a couple days ago. So I don't think it would of a older one.

    Is that the current?

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-02-04

    Please check it and let us know the version installed on your system. Without that version information, I have no idea how to reproduce the issue here.
    You can run:
    drbl-bug-report
    then post the generated file.

    Steven.

     
  • Sean Kannegiesser

    Steven,

    Here is my generated file

    OS version: Ubuntu 12.10
    Server arch: i686
    Server CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
    Server memory size: 6208528 kB
    Server Kernel version: 3.5.0-17-generic
    Installed DRBL-related packages: drbl-2.6.15-drbl1 clonezilla-3.8.12-drbl1 mkswap-uuid-0.1.1-1drbl partclone-0.2.66.drbl1 drbl-chntpw-20110511-1drbl mkpxeinitrd-net-2.1.4-drbl1 ipxe-20131008-drbl1 freedos-1.0-19drbl partimag$
    Client kernel version: 3.5.0-17-generic
    Client kernel arch: i686
    NICs with private IP address in server: bond0 eth0
    Private IP address in server: 192.168.10.1 192.168.99.198
    Total client no: 20
    Client IP address: 192.168.10.2 192.168.10.3 192.168.10.4

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-02-20

    Hi Steven

    Everything was working before my server completed some updates. After the updates, I am experiencing the same issue. Here is another file not sure if it will help. Thanks!

    ===
    OS version: Ubuntu 12.04
    Server arch: x86_64
    Server CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
    Server memory size: 16423200 kB
    Server Kernel version: 3.2.0-30-generic
    Installed DRBL-related packages: drbl-2.6.15-drbl1 clonezilla-3.8.12-drbl1 mkswap-uuid-0.1.1-1drbl partclone-0.2.66.drbl1 drbl-chntpw-20110511-1drbl mkpxeinitrd-net-2.1.4-drbl1 ipxe-20131008-drbl1 freedos-1.0-19drbl partimage-0.6.8-2.2 ntfsprogs-1:2012.1.15AR.1-1ubuntu1.2 gzip-1.4-1ubuntu2 bzip2-1.0.6-1 lzop-1.03-3 pigz-2.1.6-1 pbzip2-1.1.6-1 udpcast-20120424-drbl2 syslinux-2:5.10+drbl-1
    Client kernel version: 3.2.0-30-generic
    Client kernel arch: x86_64
    NICs with private IP address in server: eth1 eth2
    Private IP address in server: 192.168.99.174 192.168.0.1
    Total client no: 12
    Client IP address: 192.168.0.2 192.168.0.3 192.168.0.4 192.168.0.5 192.168.0.6 192.168.0.7 192.168.0.8 192.168.0.9 192.168.0.10 192.168.0.11 192.168.0.12 192.168.0.13
    ===

     
    Last edit: daffy 2014-02-20
  • Peter Kuykendall

    One of my guys came up with a workaround. We have a couple of failure cases. One is where I have configured the Clonezilla server to push the same image to all clients. The client PC does the PXE boot, starts executing the small downloader image that was pushed to it, switches into graphics mode (WHY?), then prompts the user for a y/n to confirm that he really wants to overwrite the hard drive. This fails to process keyboard input from about 20% of the PCs.

    The workaround is to pipe the keyboard directly into the kernel, skipping whatever other software is managing (or mismanaging) the input. To do that we press the following keys:

    Alt+SysReq+r (sends raw keyboard data to the kernel)
    enter
    y
    enter again

    Now the download continues.

    It's a kluge, but it works.

    Is there a way to prevent the downloader client from entering graphics mode? It causes problems with keyboard input and also makes the font so tiny we can barely see it. I think it would be much easier if we could keep it in console mode (ANSI video, 80 columns) the whole way.

    Thanks! - Pete

     
    Last edit: Peter Kuykendall 2014-03-02
    • daffy

      daffy - 2014-03-04

      I saw you had a work around for the keyboard issue. I tried running my client on PXE but I could not figure out where you piped the Alt+SysReq+r to make the keyboard work.

      When I start the PXE,
      1. PXE starts and loads up.
      2. Clonezilla screen appears that allow for the user to select Clonezilla or local OS
      3. Conezilla will load.

      Any assistance will be really helpful.

      Thanks

       
      Last edit: daffy 2014-03-04
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-03-06

    I can reproduce this problem on Lucid. Therefore I found a workaround for it. I hope it's fixed.
    Could you guy give unstable DRBL a try?
    i.e. drbl 2.7.30-drbl1.
    Please let me know the results.
    Thanks.

    Steven.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-03-06

    Hi Steven

    I could not find the application drbl 2.7.30-drbl1. I looked in ...
    1. DRBL page under the files
    2. Clonezilla page under files

    But I could not find the app. I was wondering what I need to do to install the beta version? Thanks for looking into this.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-03-07

    Hi Steven

    I followed your instructions to get the unstable version of drbl. The version download is 2.7.28-drbl1. I was expecting 2.7.30-drbl1. Did I do something wrong?

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-03-08

    Could you please:
    1. sudo apt-get purge drbl
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. sudo apt-get install drbl
    Please post all the output for (1)-(3) on the screen.

    Steven.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-03-08

    Hi Steven

    Here is the output . . .

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-03-08

    Somehow the sync mechanism went wrong. I have forced to sync the files on drbl.sourceforge.net manually.
    I have switched the doc on the website to the primary repository free.nchc.org.tw to avoid this issue.
    Please do it again, from "drblsrv -u", then "drblsrv -i" and "drblpush -i".
    Let me know the results.
    Thanks.

    Steven.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-03-10

    Hi Steven

    I am not sure why different machines behaves differently on this build.

    Here are some result on a Optiplex 790

    Using 3.2.0-60-generic kernel - current on my machine
    1. I installed drbl and got 32
    2. I kick off PXE from my client machine
    3. Clonezilla splash screen appears and hangs for 10+ minutes
    4. The program proceeds after that and hangs at "drbl-client-boot is finished .starting rcS"

    Using 3.11.0-18-generic kernel from APT
    1. I installed drbl and got 32
    2. I kick off PXE from my client machine
    3. Clonezilla splash screen appears and hangs for 10+ minutes
    4. I am able to see Clonezilla and the buttons seem to work.
    5. I am currently going to see if can pull up an image.

    Here are some result on a Optiplex GX620

    Using 3.11.0-18-generic kernel from APT
    1. I installed drbl and got 32
    2. I kick off PXE from my client machine
    3. Clonezilla splash screen appears and stays for about 1 minute
    4. The program proceeds after that and hangs at "drbl-client-boot is finished .starting rcS"

     
    Last edit: daffy 2014-03-12
  • pitersc

    pitersc - 2014-03-15

    Hi, only for clonezilla server, I suggest you stop these services before configuring drbl:

    echo "manual" > /etc/init/plymouth.override
    echo 'manual' > /etc/init/plymouth-log.override
    echo "manual" > /etc/init/plymouth-ready.override
    echo "manual" > /etc/init/plymouth-splash.override
    echo "manual" > /etc/init/plymouth-stop.override
    echo "manual" > /etc/init/plymouth-upstart-bridge.override

    And dbus service:

    echo "manual" > /etc/init/dbus.override

    Good luck,
    Piter.

    ===
    drbl-2.6.15-drbl1 clonezilla-3.8.12-drbl1
    Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS
    kernel 3.8.0-37-generic

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-03-16

    Hi daffy,
    So all your tests were on Ubuntu 12.04, the only difference is kernel version?
    Could you please run:
    drbl-bug-report
    and post the generated file?
    I need that to reproduce the problem here.
    Thanks.

    Steven.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-03-17

    Yes all of my test was done on Ubuntu 12.04 changing only the kernel.
    - First I used the kernel from the server and nothing seem to work
    - Then I reinstalled drbl and used the kernel from APT just to see what will happen. I could not go through the complete cloning process with the 790 because machine can not be wiped
    - So I thought of using an old GX620 to test but failed

    DRBL enviroment
    OS version: Ubuntu 12.04
    Server arch: x86_64
    Server CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
    Server memory size: 16423156 kB
    Server Kernel version: 3.2.0-60-generic
    Installed DRBL-related packages: drbl-2.7.32-drbl1 clonezilla-3.9.36-drbl1 mkswap-uuid-0.1.1-1drbl partclone-0.2.70.drbl1 drbl-chntpw-20110511-1drbl mkpxeinitrd-net-2.1.4-drbl1 ipxe-20131008-drbl1 freedos-1.0-19drbl partimage-0.6.8-2.2 ntfsprogs-1:2012.1.15AR.1-1ubuntu1.2 gzip-1.4-1ubuntu2 bzip2-1.0.6-1 lzop-1.03-3 pigz-2.1.6-1 pbzip2-1.1.6-1 udpcast-20120424-drbl2 syslinux-3:6.03~pre7+drbl-1
    Client kernel version: 3.11.0-18-generic
    Client kernel arch: x86_64
    NICs with private IP address in server: eth1 eth2
    Private IP address in server: 192.168.99.174 192.168.0.1
    Total client no: 12
    Client IP address: 192.168.0.2 192.168.0.3 192.168.0.4 192.168.0.5 192.168.0.6 192.168.0.7 192.168.0.8 192.168.0.9 192.168.0.10 192.168.0.11 192.168.0.12 192.168.0.13

    Latest Build 37

    I tried build 37 using both kernels on 2 different client machines GX620 (P4) and a Optiplex 360 (Core 2 Duo) with no success

    Drbl enviorment
    OS version: Ubuntu 12.04
    Server arch: x86_64
    Server CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
    Server memory size: 16423156 kB
    Server Kernel version: 3.2.0-60-generic
    Installed DRBL-related packages: drbl-2.7.37-drbl1 clonezilla-3.9.46-drbl1 mkswap-uuid-0.1.1-1drbl partclone-0.2.70.drbl1 drbl-chntpw-20110511-1drbl mkpxeinitrd-net-2.1.4-drbl1 ipxe-20131008-drbl1 freedos-1.0-19drbl partimage-0.6.8-2.2 ntfsprogs-1:2012.1.15AR.1-1ubuntu1.2 gzip-1.4-1ubuntu2 bzip2-1.0.6-1 lzop-1.03-3 pigz-2.1.6-1 pbzip2-1.1.6-1 udpcast-20120424-drbl2 syslinux-3:6.03~pre9+drbl-1
    Client kernel version: 3.2.0-60-generic
    Client kernel arch: x86_64
    NICs with private IP address in server: eth1 eth2
    Private IP address in server: 192.168.99.174 192.168.0.1
    Total client no: 12
    Client IP address: 192.168.0.2 192.168.0.3 192.168.0.4 192.168.0.5 192.168.0.6 192.168.0.7 192.168.0.8 192.168.0.9 192.168.0.10 192.168.0.11 192.168.0.12 192.168.0.13

     
    Last edit: daffy 2014-03-18
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-03-22

    "- Then I reinstalled drbl and used the kernel from APT just to see what will happen. I could not go through the complete cloning process with the 790 because machine can not be wiped" -> Do you know the reason it can not be wiped? Any error messages?

    BTW, I did a test about the latest unstable drbl on Ubuntu 12.04 x86-64:

    OS version: Ubuntu 12.04
    Server arch: x86_64
    Server CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz
    Server memory size: 760412 kB
    Server Kernel version: 3.2.0-60-generic
    Installed DRBL-related packages: drbl-2.7.39-drbl2 clonezilla-3.9.47-drbl1 mkswap-uuid-0.1.1-1drbl partclone-0.2.70.drbl1 drbl-chntpw-20110511-1drbl mkpxeinitrd-net-2.1.4-drbl1 ipxe-20131008-drbl1 freedos-1.0-19drbl partimage-0.6.8-2.2 ntfsprogs-1:2012.1.15AR.1-1ubuntu1.2 gzip-1.4-1ubuntu2 bzip2-1.0.6-1 lzop-1.03-3 pigz-2.1.6-1 pbzip2-1.1.6-1 udpcast-20120424-drbl2 syslinux-3:6.03~pre9+drbl-1
    Client kernel version: 3.2.0-60-generic
    Client kernel arch: x86_64
    NICs with private IP address in server: eth0 eth1 eth2
    Private IP address in server: 192.168.120.173 192.168.167.254 172.16.77.254
    Total client no: 4
    Client IP address: 172.16.0.1 172.16.0.2 192.168.167.1 192.168.167.2
    ===
    My clients boot successfully and no delay.

    BTW, I suggest you can try this mode:
    http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-SE/use_clonezilla_live_in_drbl.php
    First you test Clonezilla live on your machine to make sure it boot successfully. Once you confirm that, you can use the live version for this mode.

    Steven.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-03-31

    Hi Steven

    Thanks! Using this mode help restore my cloning operation that broke when I upgraded to the newest version. I upgraded because I was having problem cloning a new Lenovo T440s. Currently I am able bring up Clonzilla on Lenovo's T440s as well as my Optiplex GX620. However this does not bring you any closer figuring out the problem with the normal mode.

    Lenovo T440s previously stops here using the other mode.

    Busybox /init starting
    Trying to mount /sys filesystem
    Mounting /proc filesystem
    udevd[367]: failed to execute '/lib/udev/mpt-probe' 'mpt-probe /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00.1d.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.6 1 3': No such file or directory

    udevd[367]: failed to execute '/lib/udev/mpt-probe' 'mpt-probe /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00.1d.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.8 1 5': No such file or directory

     
    Last edit: daffy 2014-03-31
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-04-02

    So which version of Clonezilla live did you choose?

    Steven.

     
  • daffy

    daffy - 2014-04-02

    Hi Steven

    Here is my selection

    In the system, there are 4 modes available for clonezilla:
    [0] Full Clonezilla mode, every client has its own NFS based /etc and /var.
    [1] Clonezilla box mode, every client uses tmpfs based /etc and /var. In this mode, the loading and necessary disk space of server will be lighter than that in Full Clonezilla mode. Note! In Clonezilla box mode, the setting and config files of client will not be saved to the DRBL server! They just use once and will vanish after the machine shutdowns!
    [2] I do NOT want clonezilla.
    [3] Use Clonezilla live as the OS (Operating System) of clients (Testing).
    Which mode do you prefer?
    [0] 3
    Use Clonezilla live as the OS (Operating System) of clients when running Clonezilla job.



    What's the Clonezilla live release branch for the clients?
    [2]: alternative stable (Ubuntu-based)
    [3]: alternative testing (Ubuntu-based)
    If unsure, choose [2]: alternative stable.
    [2] 2


    What's the CPU arch for the clients when running Clonezilla job with Clonezilla live?
    If unsure, choose i386.
    [0] 1


    The Clonezilla live branch is chosen as: alternative


    The CPU arch for clients when running Clonezilla job: amd64

    When using clonezilla, which directory in this server you want to store the saved image (Please use absolute path, and do NOT assign it under /mnt/, /media/ or /tmp/)?
    [/home/clonzilla]
    Directory for clonezilla saved images: /home/clonzilla


    The clients will use text mode when they boot.


    OK! Let's continue...

     
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-04-08

    So how about this?
    1. Download Clonezilla live alternative testing, i.e.
    clonezilla-live-20140407-trusty-amd64.iso
    2. sudo drbl-ocs-live-prep -i clonezilla-live-20140407-trusty-amd64.iso
    3. Run "sudo dcs" to start Clonezilla service, then boot your client to see if it boots successfully.
    Or actually here you can choose [3]:
    What's the Clonezilla live release branch for the clients?
    [2]: alternative stable (Ubuntu-based)
    [3]: alternative testing (Ubuntu-based)
    It's the same.

    Steven.

     
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