Bug 238500 - "Install to disk" fails to format /boot partition
"Install to disk" fails to format /boot partition
Status: CLOSED WORKSFORME
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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i586 Linux
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Reported: 2007-04-30 17:22 EDT by Kai Blin
Modified: 2008-08-02 19:40 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-05-01 05:34:00 EDT
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Description Kai Blin 2007-04-30 17:22:07 EDT
Description of problem:
Using the i586 KDE Live CD of F7t4, when using the Fedora Installer, it seems
like formatting the /boot partition fails.

The program will pop up an error message saying:
"""
Error mounting device sda1 as /boot: Invalid argument

This most likely means that this partition has not been formatted.

Press OK to reboot your system
"""

If you then press OK and reboot, the system will fail to boot.

How reproducible:

Once there's an MBR on the disk drive, I could always reproduce it, using
default options in the installer where possible.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot KDE live CD, start Fedora Installer
2. Click through install using the default options, especially for partition setup
3. Error message pops up after installation
  
Actual results:

/boot seems not to be formatted, the machine fails to boot linux.

Expected results:

Linux should boot.

Additional info:
I was testing this install in a VMWare machine, not on real hardware.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2007-04-30 17:33:34 EDT
Can you grab /tmp/anaconda.log from that point and attach it here?  I've done
lots of installs selecting the defaults and the right thing happens here..
Comment 2 Kai Blin 2007-05-01 05:34:00 EDT
Well, I'll be damned. I've managed to reproduce it three times yesterday
evening, but the three times I tried the install today it was working just fine.
There might be something weird going on, but I can't reproduce it anymore, so
I'm closing the bug. Sorry about the fuss.

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