Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 10598
redhat 6.2 uses zip disk for swap
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:55 EDT
I installed Red Hat 6.2 from scratch on a machine that had a zip drive.
During the installation, a disk was in the drive. Today I found that the
machine was behaving rather poorly and I noticed that my zip disk light was
blinking. Taking a look at /etc/fstab, I find:
# grep swap /etc/fstab
/dev/hdd1 swap swap defaults 0 0
Which is my zip drive. This symbolic link was set up by the installer (or
some other magic in my system):
ls -ld /dev/zip
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 Apr 4 07:49 /dev/zip -> hdd4
During the installation, I booted from the boot.img floppy, initially
selected a custom installation, then clicked back when it started to ask me
about partitioning. I changed nothing in that druid-- just clicked back.
I then selected the GNOME workstation configuration and had an altogether
uneventful installation process (which is how it should be).
See also bug 10599 -- ejecting the zip disk is not a solution either
The current workaround is either to manually partition your system, or allow
it to automatically partition but not have a disk in the Zip disk. The second
option seems to give your particular system problems (I have an IDE zip drive
and I haven't had problems installing 6.2 without a disk in the zip drive).
Definitely something that we might want to add the the features-list for the
Should be fixed in latest developmental release - please verify in test lab.
this is fixed for the next release ... removable drives will only appear in disk
druid in expert mode ...