Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 41117
Install fails on Compaq Proliant PL1600R when attempting software-based RAID1
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:18 EDT
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Description of problem:
Installer crashes at the point where it tries to format the drives when I
have a RAID1 disk pair as one of them.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attempt to make one of the mount points a RAIDed drive
2. Continue with the install program until it is time to format the drives.
3. Kick something expensive
Actual Results: The install program crashed with an error message and
rebooted the computer
Expected Results: It should have formatted the drives and continued with
Compaq Proliant PL1600R
400Mhz P2 processor
832M of RAM
NCR53C8xx-based SCSI Controllers
Traceback (innermost last):
line 20, in run
rc = self.todo.doInstall ()
File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/todo.py", line 1469, in
File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/fstab.py", line 549, in
self.createRaidTab("/tmp/raidtab", "/tmp", createDevices = 1)
File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.0.1//usr/lib/anaconda/fstab.py", line 462, in
isys.makeDevInode(device, devPrefix + '/' + device)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/isys.py", line 195, in makeDevInode
return _isys.mkdevinode(name, fn)
SystemError: (0, 'Error')
Local variables in innermost frame:
Weird. We have not seen this in our internal testing. I'll take a look.
Have you tried Red Hat Linux 7.1? I'm curious to know if you could duplicate
the behavior with it.
How big are the partitions that you made? Also, do you see any error messages
on VC3 or VC4?
I don't have 7.1 to test, and haven't gotten around to downloading it yet. I
just knocked out the Linux RAID partitions and put a normal one on one of them
for now. The other one is just sitting there being ignored. That will have to
change once the server goes live, but that project got put on hold pending
more "critical" matters. ("Drop everything!! We broke something and the
future of the company depends on you fixing it now!" *sigh* Mortals...)
They are identical 4gig drives and I made the entire things one partition. (It
was only meant to serve as /var/lib/pgsql/data/base.) Unfortunately, I don't
remember what was on the other VC's. I assumed that the Annaconda dump would
have grabbed everything I'd need.
Ok. Well, please reopen this bug if the problem reappears in 7.1
I have the exact same problem as stated above, with Redhat 7.1
Using the near exact same hardware, on a Prolaint 1600R, with
Dual 450Mhz P2 processors
390M of RAM
NCR53C8xx-based SCSI Controllers
The installer kicks back the error similar to "a serious error has occured
attempting to format /. Press any key to reboot".
I tried several raid configurations: Two 9.1 gig drives partitioned several
ways. If I define them as non-raid, those partitions format fine, but the
installer "errors-out" as soon as it tries to format any raid partition.
Thinking that it might be something to do with the drives, I pulled the two 9.1
gigs and tried the procedure on three 2.1 gigs -- same thing. It does not seem
to matter if I try raid 0 or 5, the installer cannot format.
Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated.
I also had the same problem with 7.1 and never did get it working. (I don't
work for that place anymore, though, so I personally have no real interest in
jm3, when the crash occurs, can you press <Ctrl><Alt><F2> and type 'fdisk -l'?
Please attach the results of that here.
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.