Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 111462
Installer crashed modifying partition information
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:06:59 EST
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Description of problem:
Installing Redhat Enterprise Linux AS v3 on a PowerSpec 8192 system,
the installer crashed while I was attempting to modify the proposed
disk partition information. It said:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/partition_gui.py", line 1033, in editCb
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/partition_gui.py", line 1096, in
raise RuntimeError, ("Returning partitions to state "
RuntimeError: Returning partitions to state prior to edit failed
I will attach the files it dumped to floppy.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Created attachment 96325 [details]
Ananconda dump log
Created attachment 96326 [details]
Is this reproducible? What did you previously have on the system?
What change were you making at the time of the traceback?
I was not able to reproduce this, although that may be because I
don't recall exactly what steps I was going through. After the
reboot I tried again (this time leaving out some of the intermediate
fiddling with the partition table, since I had a better idea what
end result I wanted), and it worked.
My system used to dual-boot Windows XP and RedHat Linux 9. The
existing Linux partitions were /boot, /, and swap. I started
resizing the / partition (using PartitionMagic 8.0), but cancelled
the operation while it was moving still data. This probably trashed
the existing file systems, but should not have harmed the disk
partition table. I then booted off the AS v3 CDs, selected
"automatic partitioning" telling it to erase all the existing Linux
partitions, and was tweaking the results. The manual changes were
to split the large '/' partition into three parts ('/', '/opt', and
'/home'). I believe the crash occurred while I was shrinking one
of the new partitions to make space for another.
If it matters I get persistent warnings that the partitions are not
aligned properly and may not boot on older systems, but I ignore
them because my BIOS doesn't seem to have a problem.
The system disk is ~120G, currently split like this:
Disk geometry for /dev/hda: 0.000-114498.562 megabytes
Disk label type: msdos
Minor Start End Type Filesystem Flags
2 0.031 39.221 primary fat32 hidden
1 39.252 14496.152 primary ntfs boot
3 14496.152 14598.127 primary ext3
4 14598.127 114494.501 extended lba
5 14598.158 30984.741 logical ext3
6 30984.772 47371.354 logical ext3
7 47371.386 113466.906 logical ext3
8 113466.938 114494.501 logical linux-swap
This should be fixed in CVS now.