Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 178473
automatic partitioning fails
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:21 EST
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Description of problem:
In rescue mode, I moved /home to /home.KEEP, deleted the rest, then rebooted to the installer.
The automatic partitioner fells over when I tried to use my existing disk. It said that automatic partitioning was not possible, it may be because I was low on disk space (not true).
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Steps to Reproduce:
Manual partitioning worked.
Please attach the output of /etc/fstab and /proc/partitions from the installed
system. Was /home on a separate partition? Is this an upgrade or a fresh
installation that you were just trying to save your /home on? Which options did
you choose on the Disk Partitioning Setup screen?
LABEL=/1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
LABEL=SWAP-hdc4 swap swap defaults 0 0
major minor #blocks name
22 0 100000000 hdc
22 1 100000000 hdc1
22 2 100000000 hdc2 <-- install partition
22 3 100000000 hdc3
22 4 100000000 hdc4
One big partition. On it was /home.KEEP, and nothing else.
I chose the option to install into existing free space.
Oh, I see what's going on here. There seems to be some confusion over the
wording of the "install into existing free space" option. What this means is to
not delete any existing partitions and instead use unpartitioned free space on
the disk to install into. If you don't have any unpartitioned space, anaconda
is seeing that there's nowhere to install and therefore failing.
For this sort of installation, you really just want to use the manual
partitioning. You may also want to put /home on its own partition in the future
to make upgrades easier.
(In reply to comment #3)
> Oh, I see what's going on here. There seems to be some confusion over the
> wording of the "install into existing free space" option.
I think it would be good to rename the option "install into unpartitioned space".