Bug 246295 - Anaconda won't install grub on sda
Summary: Anaconda won't install grub on sda
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 7
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-06-29 20:55 UTC by Joe Bayes
Modified: 2008-06-03 21:15 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-06-03 21:15:48 UTC
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Description Joe Bayes 2007-06-29 20:55:06 UTC

On the first Anaconda screen, I tell it to install grub on sda. On the third
screen, it gives me the option to (1) install grub on sdb, or (2) do not install
grub. But I want to install grub on sda!


I have a working Fedora 6 on a PATA disk, as the master device on IDE0.

I also have a SATA drive on SATA1, onto which I am trying to install a fresh
Fedora 7. I instruct my BIOS to boot first from USB, second from my SATA disk,
and third from my PATA disk. 

I boot off my USB DVD and tell anaconda to look on sdb6 (my FC6 /home dir) for
the installation images.

On the "which disks do you want to use for this installation?" screen, I leave
sda checked, but I uncheck sdb (since I don't want it to touch my FC6

On the next screen, I make sda1 /boot, sda2 is a LVM device containing /, /home,
and swap.

On the next screen, anaconda displays 2 radio buttons. The first one says to
install grub on sdb. The second says to not install grub at all. 

But I already told it to install grub on sda!!!

If I hit "back" twice, the initial dialog has sdb selected again. But then if I
re-select sda, and re-partition sda again, it still only gives me the choices of
sdb or not at all. 

How reproducible:
I've done this six times so far, and it's failed every time. 

Actual results:
Anaconda gives me the option of installing grub on sdb, or not at all.

Expected results:
Anaconda should give me the option of installing grub on sda.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 13:20:12 UTC
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Comment 2 Joe Bayes 2008-05-16 22:11:03 UTC
I no longer have access to the hardware that caused the bug (the mixed sata and
pata disk drives), so I can't test it against Fedora 9. Hopefully if someone
else has the same setup they can give it a test.

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