Bug 1127890 - Effectively impossible to install on software RAID
Summary: Effectively impossible to install on software RAID
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda
Version: 7.0
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Release Test Team
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-08-07 18:46 UTC by digimer
Modified: 2014-12-04 14:26 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-08-07 19:04:49 UTC
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Description digimer 2014-08-07 18:46:58 UTC
Description of problem:

Trying to install RHEL 7.0 on a machine with a six-disk system intended to use software RAID appears to be effectively impossible (or if possible, extremely difficult).

I've got a NAS system with 6x 3TB drives with gpt labels. It requires a BIOSBOOT partition, which can not be on a RAID array. There seems to be no way to setup biosboot on multiple disks, so in essence, /dev/sda becomes irreplaceable if it fails (or at least, the system will fail to boot).

In general, installing on a system with software RAID is extremely unintunitive... Having to create a mount point and then alter it, with no mention of this on screen, is hardly user friendly.

In the end, I had to give up and go back to EL6.

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

RHEL 7.0 install disk

How reproducible:

For me, 100%

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Setup a system with 2+ disks
2. Try to setup software RAID in such a way that either/any disk is bootable

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Expected results:

Additional info:

Comment 2 David Shea 2014-08-07 19:04:49 UTC
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Comment 3 digimer 2014-08-07 19:10:55 UTC
I wasn't asking for support, for the record.

Comment 4 Jaromír Cápík 2014-12-04 13:35:14 UTC
Hello Madison.

Yesterday I created a very similar anaconda usability report and I'll try to keep it alive a bit longer than this report was. The partitioning tool design is really hardly digestible for people who work with servers and storages on a daily basis and the new approach (going from mountpoints to partitions) is not very lucky decision.


Comment 5 digimer 2014-12-04 14:26:52 UTC
Thanks, Jaromir.

I found it rather odd that this was closed as "notabug"... At least a mention of where to report usability problems would have been helpful. Do you have a link to your report? I would love to follow it.

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