Bug 879626

Summary: anaconda does not offer the option to prepare GPT harddisks during install, including bootable ones (GPT, ESP, UEFI, BIOS, boot)
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Reporter: Răzvan Sandu <rsandu2004>
Component: anacondaAssignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team <anaconda-maint-list>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Release Test Team <release-test-team>
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Version: 6.3   
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Description Răzvan Sandu 2012-11-23 13:31:09 UTC

Description of problem:

While installing, anaconda does not offer the option to prepare a GPT harddisk, namely:

- to specify the use of GUID Partition Table (GPT) instead of MBR, when partitioning the disk during install

- to create an ESP partition (/boot/efi), identify it with the proper partition type and, if new, format it properly (according to latest UEFI specification requirements)

- install a GPT-aware disk utility during install (such as gdisk or gparted), by default

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start installation via CD
2. Choose "Basic storage devices" for storage
3. Choose "Create Custom Layout"
4. Try to prepare a GPT disk, including a bootable one (main).

Actual results:
There are no options for preparing GPT disks, including bootable ones.

Expected results:
- Options for preparing GPT disks should be present.
- The use of GPT should be the DEFAULT for newer systems which are able to handle them.
- anaconda should install a GPT-aware disk utility by default, instead of fdisk (gdisk, gparted)
- Documentation should be updated accordingly (including best practices for partitioning GPT disks, latest UEFI specification compliant).

Comment 2 David Cantrell 2012-12-11 21:14:16 UTC
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