Bug 29486 - Anaconda installer bails out on large partition sizes
Anaconda installer bails out on large partition sizes
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-02-25 18:39 EST by Peter Bennison
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-02-27 19:44:15 EST
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Description Peter Bennison 2001-02-25 18:39:08 EST

I was trying to custom install Red Hat 7.0 professional with two 
partitions on a 30 Gig hard drive: /boot (19 Megs) / (the rest of the 
HD).  The install process fails with an error message (below).

Okay, the partitions are not exactly standard, but I didn't see anything 
in the documentation barring large partitions.  Also, I wanted to avoid 
running out of disk space on any one partition when other partitions have 
space available.

The work around was to install a server solution and allow it to 
automatically partition the disk.  Then, I went back and redid a custom 
solution, accepting the partitions that were created in the first 
install.  Dumb, I know, but it worked.  I hope that I don't run out of 
disk space on some of the partitions.  

Here's the bug report that was produced:

Traceback (innermost last):
  File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", 
line 20, in run
    rc = self.todo.doInstall ()
  File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/todo.py", line 1472, in 
    self.fstab.mountFilesystems (self.instPath)
  File "fstab.py", line 715, in mountFilesystems
    raise SystemError, (errno, msg)
SystemError: (22, 'Invalid argument')

Local variables in innermost frame:
size: 26483121
fsystem: ext2
self: <fstab.GuiFstab instance at 84bae20>
msg: Invalid argument
doFormat: 0
errno: 22
device: hda6
instPath: /mnt/sysimage
mntpoint: /

ToDo object:

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2001-02-25 23:12:09 EST
It looks like from the dump you chose not to format the '/' partition.

This will definately cause problems, and something we've added checks for in
newer versions of the installer.

Does this sound like what happened?
Comment 2 Peter Bennison 2001-02-26 01:14:11 EST
I don't believe so, but, then again, it was a bit late!  I'm pretty sure I 
elected to format all partitions.
Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2001-02-27 19:03:52 EST
If you could try again I would appreciate it. The doFormat = 0 in the dump means
it was not going to try and format the partition.
Comment 4 Peter Bennison 2001-02-27 19:44:12 EST
I appreciate you trying to solve this, but I already have invested a bit of 
time setting up my Linux box.  Like I said in my original report, I was able to 
work around the problem.  Unless you can tell me how to do a re-install, but 
not overwrite my existing set-up, I can't help you.

Thanks anyways,

Comment 5 Michael Fulbright 2001-02-28 10:23:21 EST
Ok please open a new report if you have any future problems.

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