Bug 228780 - Order of disks gets messed up if your USB disk is powered on during installation
Order of disks gets messed up if your USB disk is powered on during installation
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
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Reported: 2007-02-14 17:26 EST by Jean Francois Martinez
Modified: 2008-05-06 21:11 EDT (History)
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Description Jean Francois Martinez 2007-02-14 17:26:19 EST
Description of problem:
Install with an USB external disk connected.  It shows as /dev/sda with IDE 
disks as sdb, sdc.  At end of install, reboot.  You will find that now the IDE
disks come first and teh UDB isk is last.  Problem is that the installer has
built the fstab with swap partitions in the positions they had during the
installation (ie sdbx, sdcx) so swap is not activated

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Power on an external USB disk
2.  Install 
3.  Reboot
Actual results:
Swappping is not activated because the fstab is wrong (it show on sda instead of

Expected results:

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Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2007-02-26 14:41:00 EST
The fstab should show the label, not the device name.  Does it not?
Comment 2 Jean Francois Martinez 2007-02-26 16:37:29 EST
Yes it does.  But that is for normal partitions.  Swap partitions  don't have
labels so they are entered in the fstab with the names (sdbX, sdcX) they had
during the installation and those differ from the names they will get in normal
mode (because the normal mode places UDB disks after the fixed ones, while
during the install it is the opposite)
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2007-03-02 12:35:37 EST
Moving to 'devel' as discussed on
Comment 4 Jean Francois Martinez 2007-03-09 15:33:27 EST
In fact I am nearly sure the problem is in fact a consequence of bug


Because the hard disks were not detected at install time the USB hd got there
first while in production it is the internal HD who are detected first.  Meaning
that on a machine wehre HD are detected at install time there would be no
mess-up in the fastab so this would not happen.

Now you can still consider as bug since this will bie people who have exotic
SCSI or RAID cards whose drivers are not in Fedora.
Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 15:09:20 EDT
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
against rawhide during the development of a Fedora release that is no
longer maintained. In order to refocus our efforts as a project we are
flagging all of the open bugs for releases which are no longer
maintained. If this bug remains in NEEDINFO thirty (30) days from now,
we will automatically close it.

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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 21:11:25 EDT
This bug has been in NEEDINFO for more than 30 days since feedback was
first requested. As a result we are closing it.

If you can reproduce this bug in the future against a maintained Fedora
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