Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 147774
failed install over existing boot partition results in unbootable system
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:00 EST
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Description of problem:
I was attempting to install Fedora Core 3 on a dual boot system. The previous setup used grub installed on the MBR with its image2 and other configuration files on the old linux partition. I instructed anaconda to reformat that partition and use it as the root for the fedora install. Partway through the installation some error occurred, which I don't have enough understanding of to file a meaningful bug report. The result of this was a half-way installed system. Okay, stuff happens. But since anaconda leaves the grub setup until last, I was left with an unbootable system. (Grub would just report "error 15" and halt, presumably because it couldn't find the now-blown-away image2...)
As it happens, I was attempting to save myself the trouble of burning any cd images -- I had loaded the isolinux image with grub and was attempting an ftp install. So I was just dead until I could get a rescue disk.
The upshot is, at least from my perspective it looks like it would be a robustness
enhancement to have anaconda do bootloader installation as the first thing after partitioning, as opposed to the last thing. Or, if you can think of other situations where the opposite order is better, to have anaconda intelligently decide which order is safer.
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Steps to Reproduce:
Unfortunately, this ends up being difficult to impossible to do based
on dependencies needed for grub installation, etc.