Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 234686
Installer crashes when applying changes to partition layout
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:00 EST
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Description of problem:
Short before it is going to format a new partition to install FC, anaconda dies reporting an invalid agument and also give this : "This means Linux won't know about any changes you made to /dev/sda16 until you reboot -- so you shouldn't mount it or use it in any way before rebooting."
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. launch installer
2. select a free and unformated partition to install
3. make sure you have other partitions on your system which are unformated
crashes anaconda, generates an exception
format new partition, disregard other partitions on the drive, installs.
In this, partitions up to sda10 are formatted, all the rest is allocated but not formated yet.
fdisk -l /dev/sda
Disk /dev/sda: 400.0 GB, 400088457216 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 1912 15358108+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda2 1913 8924 56323890 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 8925 10749 14659312+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 10750 48641 304367490 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 10750 28986 146488671 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 28987 29230 1959898+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 29231 31055 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 31056 32880 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 32881 34705 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 34706 36530 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 36531 38355 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 38356 40180 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda13 40181 42005 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda14 42006 43830 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda15 43831 45655 14659281 83 Linux
/dev/sda16 45656 48641 23985013+ 83 Linux
Created attachment 151345 [details]
anaconda dump of the issue
Created attachment 151346 [details]
anaconda log of the same install
This is because there are more than 15 partitions on the disk and with using
libata, we can only have 15 partitions per disk.
Fedora 7 test bugs should be filed against "devel", not against test1/2/3. This
isn't obvious, I know. Moving this report so it isn't lost.
This is a bulk message -- I apologize if this was actually meant to be targeted
against a different release. If so, please fix or let me know. Thanks.
I should have specified that I have seen this bug for a couple of releases now
(at least FC5 if i recall right) so I'd like to see it assigned if possible :)
Fixed in rawhide. Right now this is a kernel limitation with the SCSI
subsystem. All we can do in anaconda is detect that you have more than 15
partitions and present a warning dialog explaining the situation.