Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 137598
Kickstart complains about partitioning problems.
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:04 EST
Description of problem:
My kickstart setup is currently working flawlessly, except that on
some systems we get a warning message regarding partition tables being
misaligned. These error messages persist across multiple Linux
installs; the only program touching the partition tables is sfdisk.
They don't appear to do anything
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RHEL3 Desktop, though it has been observed on older systems.
It only occurs on some systems, and with some hard drive setups. Our
general setup is a 20GB system disk, and a 120GB scratch disk; the
scratch disk is ignored by the kickstart setup.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start kickstart setup.
2. Wait until after it's found its DHCP address and starts
to partition the system.
3. Error message pops up.
"Unable to align partition correctly. This
probably means that another partitioning tool
generated an incorrect partition table, because
it didn't have the correct BIOS geometry. It is
safe to ignore, but ignoring may cause (fixable)
problems with some bootloaders."
This error message shouldn't pop up.
It *may* be related to moving jumpers around on the systems; at least
once we have been able to avoid the problem by reseating a jumper,
anyway. This doesn't make logical sense to me.
Anyway, I would like some way to ignore "warning" messages like this
Usually it is caused by the BIOS providing a view that's inconsistent with what
the partition tables have on them. You can work around by using %part
--initlabel in your ks.cfg although note that this will remove all data on the