Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 207417
Install failure (segv) with FC6t3 on pre-used Linux box
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:43 EST
Description of problem:
On trying to install Fedora Core 6 Test 3 over a pre-existing Gentoo
distribution (with a JFS data partition), at the stage where Fedora Core
attempts to detect previous Linux installations, the screen will revert to
text (if in a graphical install) and display several lines of random
characters, followed by a line stating that ginstall has segfaulted.
The same problem occurs when using the Fedora Core 6 Test 3 boot CD in rescue
mode, at the same point, with the same error, if I tell it to detect an
existing Linux partition. A rough guess, based on the status bar, is that the
detect routine crashes specifically when it hits the root partition.
Other information that may be useful:
The version of Gentoo is the most recent
The disk layout is boot partition (ext3), swap space, root partition (ext3)
and data partition (jfs)
There are no free partition slots and there is no free disk space
The machine is a Dell Dimension with a Pentium IV and has a motherboard with
the Intel i810 graphics chip built in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 6 Test 3 boot CD.
It occurs every time I attempt to use FC6t3 to either conduct a rescue (with
Steps to Reproduce:
-2. Install the current version of Gentoo, creating four partitions,
designating the first as /boot, the second as swap, the third as / and the
fourth as unused. Swap is 2.5xRAM. The sum of the four partitions should
occupy 100% of the disk.
-1. Format the fourth partition as JFS.
1. Boot from the Fedora Core 6 test 3 CD.
2. Either select install, or select rescue then select detect existing
The installer will print garbage and segfault. A soft reboot will not work.
The Linux detector should probably ignore any alien OS or alien distribution
where the relevant configuration files differ from Red Hat/Fedora Core.
Fedora Core 6 test 1 installed successfully on the same machine with no
Fedora Core 6 test 2 failed to handle the i810 graphics card (this bug has
been fixed in test 3)
Fedora Core 6 test 2 installed successfully on a Dell Dimension which uses a
Radeon graphics card and does not have the Intel i810 (so it is not exactly
the same motherboard), but is otherwise identical to the machine on which a
problem has been demonstrated, including having an alien Linux distribution
Is this LiveCD related ?
I think It's best to file it against anaconda under FC6T3.