Bug 37681 - installation fdisk does not handle many drives
Summary: installation fdisk does not handle many drives
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Brent Fox
QA Contact: Brock Organ
: 40074 (view as bug list)
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-04-25 20:30 UTC by Eric Delaney
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:32 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-05-04 16:23:41 UTC
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Description Eric Delaney 2001-04-25 20:30:09 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)

While attempting to network install a new machine with 72 disks connected. 
(2 IDE, 70 scsi on a qlogic's controller).  I got the message stating that 
fdisk could not handle the number of machine installed.  It then exits the 

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.install a machine with a small fabric of attached disks 
2.It may be necessary to manually partition the root disk.

Actual Results:  It quit the install.

Expected Results:  It should be able to handle a larger/infinite number of 
drives.  Even it its here is a list of disks, let me pick a subset to work 

All and all this is a really small set of disks.  In the fabric's of the 
future this number will probably seem quite small comparetively.

Comment 1 Brent Fox 2001-04-25 20:35:26 UTC
Does this message appear in a dialog box?  Are you using GUI or text install?

Comment 2 Eric Delaney 2001-04-25 22:20:06 UTC
GUI based. A dialog box appears stating that I have "too many disks" for fdisk 
and that I should contact red hat customer support (or something to that 

Comment 3 Brent Fox 2001-04-26 18:52:14 UTC
This is related to msw's work on partitioning.

Comment 4 Michael Fulbright 2001-04-27 15:37:42 UTC
I would recommend disconnecting some drives and trying the install again.
This is the first time anyone has hit the internal limit...

We are planning to rework the way partitioning is handled so this should not be
an issue in the future.

Comment 5 Eric Delaney 2001-04-27 15:46:57 UTC
Already done.  I had the machine installed before I filed the bug.

Comment 6 Brent Fox 2001-05-04 16:23:36 UTC
Resolving this as rawhide as this issue will be addressed in future releases.

Comment 7 Brent Fox 2001-05-14 19:36:46 UTC
*** Bug 40074 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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