Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 37681
installation fdisk does not handle many drives
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:51 EDT
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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
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.
Does this message appear in a dialog box? Are you using GUI or text install?
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
This is related to msw's work on partitioning.
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.
Already done. I had the machine installed before I filed the bug.
Resolving this as rawhide as this issue will be addressed in future releases.
*** Bug 40074 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***