Bug 138679 - Bootloader should be installed as soon as possible in the install process.
Bootloader should be installed as soon as possible in the install process.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-11-10 12:45 EST by Manik Surtani
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-11-10 13:14:31 EST
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Description Manik Surtani 2004-11-10 12:45:23 EST
I had this problem installing FC3 today - when creating the 4 CDs, the
last one didn't get written properly.

I know I should have opted to check the media first, but I didn't, and
as a result, I went through an entire installation process (all went
well) except it needed to get to the last CD for just ONE rpm

Here it went into an endless loop.  The media was bad and the file
could not be read, and I was not given the option to skip the package.  

I was hoping I could reboot then (since everything else would have
been complete) and install the reiserfs-utils package later.  Nope! 
Grub hadn't been set up!

What I think anaconda should do:

1.  Install Grub as soon as possible (i.e., right after glibc, kernel,
grub itself, whatever else it needs to boot) before proceeding to
install the rest of the packages.

2.  If a package cannot be read, give user the option to skip it and
install it later.

I feel this would improve userfriendlyness a great deal - so far the
installer's fantastic - this would make it better!
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-11-10 13:14:31 EST
Skipping packages can lead to different problems with booting (eg, in
your case, not having the reiserfs tools properly installed would lead
to having to drop to single user mode and manually bypass some checks.  

And installing grub earlier is far less trivial than it seems just due
to dependencies on a non-trivial amount of stuff.

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