Bug 251768 - Must choose to install GRUB on /dev/sda to install it on /dev/sdb
Summary: Must choose to install GRUB on /dev/sda to install it on /dev/sdb
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 7
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-08-10 23:25 UTC by David Campbell
Modified: 2008-08-02 23:40 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-06-17 02:08:17 UTC
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Description David Campbell 2007-08-10 23:25:53 UTC
Description of problem:

GRUB installation process is very confusing in certain instances during the
installation process, so much so that users can balk at installation of grub
because to proceed the installation of GRUB to /dev/sdb, you are forced to
select to install it to /dev/sda which contains critical data and the user
doesn't want modified.  Later options let you reconfigure the selection, but you
must first select to install it to a drive that you don't want to install it to.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Original F7 boot DVD 2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:

I find this issue when booting the F7 DVD to install F7 to a pre-partitioned and
connected USB drive, at which time the drive mapping is:
  /dev/sda - the internal hard drive
  /dev/sdb - the usb drive

Now in the installation to the USB drive, as most users would be, I want to be
sure that I am certainly not writing anything to /dev/sda, which contains
critical information.

There is an F7 installation screen that starts with "Installation requires
partitioning of your hard drive".  On there you can choose which drive you would
like to boot the installation from.  By default it is to sda, but you can change
it to sdb.  Then if you choose "Create custom layout", the selection of which
drive you would like to boot from gets greyed out (this doesn't make sense to
me, because you have to install grub somewhere - as an aside, why doesn't this
option work in this case?).

Then you get to a sscreen which gives you a choice of two options:
  * The GRUB boot loader will be installed on /dev/sda
  * No boot loader will be installed

You can choose one or the other, and there is no other choice.  This is very
confusing, because I can't choose the first option because I don't want to risk
modifying /dev/sda and I want to install it to /dev/sdb and I can't choose the
second option because I do need to install GRUB.

At this point, I DO NOT KNOW whether if I press next, whether the installer will
proceed to install GRUB on /dev/sda!!!  The only option that I know that is safe
is to install no boot loader at all!!

Now there happens to be a nice little option down the bottom of the screen that
says "Configure advanced boot loader options", which just happens to let you
configure the GRUB boot loader to be instsalled on /dev/sdb even though you have
to choose to install it on /dev/sda and select the option to get it.

This is unintuitive and confusing!!
Actual results:

Confusing menu choices

Expected results:

Easy to follow choices

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 13:56:36 UTC
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Comment 2 Andy Lindeberg 2008-06-03 21:19:34 UTC
Is this still an issue in Fedora 9?

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-06-17 02:08:15 UTC
Fedora 7 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on June 13, 2008. 
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