Bug 1258187 - Anaconda creates un-bootable partition scheme for Atomic
Anaconda creates un-bootable partition scheme for Atomic
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Unspecified
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-08-29 22:42 EDT by Victor Costan
Modified: 2016-07-19 13:43 EDT (History)
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2015-08-29 22:42 EDT, Victor Costan
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Description Victor Costan 2015-08-29 22:42:19 EDT
Created attachment 1068381 [details]
Partition scheme created by anaconda

Description of problem:
A partition scheme produced by Anaconda results in an un-bootable Atomic system.

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How reproducible:
This reproduces in the official Atomic 22 ISO, the nightly 22 ISO, the 23 Alpha ISO, and the 23 Beta TC1 ISO.

Steps to Reproduce:
0. The easiest way to reproduce this is to build a new VM. You'll need a large hard disk to experience the bug. I don't know how large it needs to be, but 50GB is too small and 128GB is enough.
1. Start an installation using an Atomic ISO, such as https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/22/Cloud_Atomic/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Cloud_Atomic-x86_64-22.iso
2. Select System > Installation Destination, then Other Storage Options > I will configure partitioning, then click the Done button.
3. Under New Fedora 22 Installation, click the "Click here to create them automatically" link.

Actual results:
The recommended partitioning scheme has a /home partition, as shown in the attached screenshot. That will prevent the system from booting.

Expected results:
The recommended partitioning scheme should be something that the OS can boot with. Ideally, it should mirror what the Automated partitioning option would produce, namely a small root partition and a docker-pool.

Additional info:
I think that the underlying problem is that OSTree expects to be able to hardlink everything under /, including /home. After reading how Atomic works, having a separate /home partition strikes me as very un-intuitive.

If I just go for Automated partitioning instead of the list of steps I provided, Anaconda produces a good scheme. So far, I have preferred the steps I provided because they allow me to review the partition table changes before they are committed to the disk.
Comment 1 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 13:43:24 EDT
Fedora 22 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2016-07-19. Fedora 22 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.

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