Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 42735
Anaconda doesn't stop with type 0 partitions present
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:28 EDT
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Description of problem:
Early on in the install process, anaconda warns about type 0 partitions on
hda (holes left there by Partition Magic). It says it cannot proceed, but
does so anyway. Later, when configuring LILO, it crashes because there are
no partitions in its list of bootable partitions, and it dies with an array
out of bounds exception.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.create a type 0 partition
2.try to install. Carry on after warning about type 0 partitions
3.try to configure LILO
Actual Results: LILO configuration crashes with an array bounds exception
and the system reboots
Expected Results: Either:
- installation should cope with type 0 partitions (what's the problem?)
- installation should cleanly stop when it detects them
I worked around it by using Partition magic to create a couple of ext2
filesystems in the gaps. The installer was happy with this.
I don't know exactly what the problem is. I don't have Partition Magic, but I
tried making type 0 partitions with fdisk. I get a message saying:
"Type 0 means free space to many systems (but not to Linux). Having partitions
of type 0 is probably unwise. You can delete a partition using the 'd' command.
Changed system type of partition 1 to 0 (Empty)"
The entire partitioning subsystem is being re-engineered, so this problem will
be addressed in a future release. Thanks for your report.