Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 29486
Anaconda installer bails out on large partition sizes
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 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
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):
line 20, in run
rc = self.todo.doInstall ()
File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/todo.py", line 1472, in
File "fstab.py", line 715, in mountFilesystems
raise SystemError, (errno, msg)
SystemError: (22, 'Invalid argument')
Local variables in innermost frame:
self: <fstab.GuiFstab instance at 84bae20>
msg: Invalid argument
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?
I don't believe so, but, then again, it was a bit late! I'm pretty sure I
elected to format all partitions.
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.
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.
Ok please open a new report if you have any future problems.