Bug 103000 - should format before package selection
Summary: should format before package selection
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Keywords: FutureFeature
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-08-25 00:41 UTC by Felix Miata
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:57 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-05 03:23:08 UTC
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Description Felix Miata 2003-08-25 00:41:09 UTC
Description of problem:
Format early, right after setting mount points, so people don't waste so much
time if format fails. That's how Mandrake does it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Didn't try

Steps to reproduce:
1.Attempt dd graphical NFS install
2.Spend considerable time on package selection
3.After format failure, see alert saying press <return> to reboot 
4.Click on OK button in alert
Actual results:
unexpected reboot

Expected results:
Asked me where to save package selection list before rebooting.

Additional info:
Except for formatting, I fully prepared /dev/sdc prior to booting from
bootdisk.img for an NFS install. Since this was my first RHL install since 7.3,
I spent considerable time in package selection, probably close to two hours.
Only after spending so much time did the installer attempt to format the
selected partitions. I had chosen to scan for bad blocks on /, so formatting
also took considerable additional time at this point. When 100% was reached, an
alert came up to say format failed due to excessive bad sectors, telling me to
press <enter> to reboot. I didn't want to reboot, as I expected some means to
save a package selection list. I clicked OK on the alert, and the system
rebooted immediately. After this failed install, I immediately ran IBM's DFT
program three times successfully on /dev/sdc, which means format should not have

53c875 SCSI
no ATA
K6/2-550 CPU
SiS530 Chipset
Realtek 8139 NIC
Yamaha 744 Sound
Brand new install target device /dev/sdc IBM DPSS

Expected results really should be yet another enhancement request bug.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-10-05 03:23:08 UTC
This is difficult to do without requiring more RAM.  With the current
installer framework, I'm not planning on changing this around.

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