Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 228639
Dangerous default: Delete all linux partitions
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:57 EST
Description of problem:
Anaconda defaults to removing all existing linux partitions
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 6
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from install DVD
2. When setting up partitions, "Remove linux partitions on selected drives and
create default layout" is selected, along with all my drives
I don't want to know
The default shouldn't be to delete all my data!
Offer to search for partitions that look like they are the root of a linux
filesystem (they contain /etc, /usr/bin, /home, /var, etc) and only format them.
So we *do* search for existing Linux installations. If we find an existing
Fedora installation, we offer you the option to upgrade whatever we found, or
install fresh. If you select install fresh, you get to the screen you've mentioned.
But this is still a terrible default! I have multiple drives. I want to
install fresh, but I don't want to lose all my other data.
Then select Custom partitioning and your existing partitions will appear and you
can give them specific mount points. Formatting is disabled by default on all
partitions found when you select custom.
The other option you can select is Use only free space on selected drives. No
existing partitions will be touched.
This is not a bug. It just requires users to read the partitioning screen.