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|Summary:||Installer overwrites rEFInd/MacOS MBR bootloader without warning|
|Product:||[Fedora] Fedora||Reporter:||Jason Antman <jason>|
|Component:||anaconda||Assignee:||Anaconda Maintenance Team <anaconda-maint-list>|
|Status:||CLOSED WONTFIX||QA Contact:||Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>|
|Version:||18||CC:||anaconda-maint-list, g.kaviyarasu, jonathan, rodsmith, sbueno, vanmeeuwen+fedora|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
|Doc Text:||Story Points:||---|
|Last Closed:||2014-02-05 10:22:07 EST||Type:||Bug|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
Description Jason Antman 2013-01-19 21:37:56 EST
Description of problem: During installation, Anaconda fails to detect an existing Mac OS 10.8 installation with rEFInd Boot Manager installed. Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): N/A - Fedora 18 Final KDE x86-64 ISO How reproducible: Steps to Reproduce: 1. Pre-shink Mac OS partitions to provide space for Fedora installation. 2. Install rEFInd boot manager through Mac OS X. 3. Boot Fedora media via USB flash drive, select manual partitoning and lay out /boot. /, /home and swap partitions in free space. 4. Installer warns that no stage1 boot device is selected. Select disk that contains /boot partition. 5. Continue and finish installation. Actual results: At reboot, system boots directly to GRUB showing an option for Fedora and four Mac OS options (2x 32-bit and 2x 64-bit) none of which are functional. Expected results: At reboot, system boots to rEFInd boot manager as previously configured. or During installation, system detects existing rEFInd boot manager in EFI memory, or existing non-Linux partitions, and warns/confirms whether I want GRUB installed in MBR or in /boot. Additional info: Hardware in this case is MacBook Pro 6,2 (mid-2010). I'm able to recover from this issue by booting with the Option key (mac EFI boot selector) and booting to OS X, then re-installing rEFInd. I guess this is relatively minor to me as I started running Linux on laptops with FC4 on a HP OmniBook, but it seems to me that if someone with relatively little Linux knowledge follows one of the many "install rEFInd and then let the Fedora installer do everything, it's smart" tutorials available online, and reboots to find no clear way to access their OS X installation (presumably with the data and applications that they need to use), it will make for a VERY bad first experience. I know this is an architectural decision, and I know that the installer is getting more and more user-friendly (IMHO to a fault, since this incident happened to me...), but I think there needs to be much more user interaction/explanation/confirmation before writing to the MBR, especially if there are other non-Linux partitions still on disk.
Comment 1 Fedora End Of Life 2013-12-21 05:35:33 EST
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Comment 2 Fedora End Of Life 2014-02-05 10:22:10 EST
Fedora 18 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2014-01-14. Fedora 18 is no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug. If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of Fedora please feel free to reopen this bug against that version. If you are unable to reopen this bug, please file a new report against the current release. If you experience problems, please add a comment to this bug. Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.