Bug 444203 - Manually partitioning sets /boot/efi to vfat not efi
Manually partitioning sets /boot/efi to vfat not efi
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
ia64 Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Deferred to F10
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Blocks: f9-ia64-blocker
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Reported: 2008-04-25 15:27 EDT by Glen A. Foster
Modified: 2009-07-14 14:15 EDT (History)
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Description Glen A. Foster 2008-04-25 15:27:40 EDT
Description of problem: I tried manually partitioning a 146GB drive with the
latest FC9 beta (ia64).  I created boot, root, and swap on /dev/sdb as follows:

┌────────────────────────────┤ Partitioning ├────────────────────────────┐   
│                                                                        │   
│      Device        Start    End     Size       Type     Mount Point    │   
│ /dev/sda                                                             ↑ │   
│   sda1                  1      13     100M  vfat                     ▮ │   
│   sda2                 13    3838   30000M  ext3                     ▒ │   
│   sda3               3838    4882    8192M  swap                     ▒ │   
│   sda4               4882    6870   15590M  Foreign                  ▒ │   
│   sda5               6870    8925   16124M  Foreign                  ▒ │   
│ /dev/sdb                                                             ▒ │   
│   sdb1                  1    4462   35000M  ext3        /            ▒ │   
│   sdb2               4462    4985    4096M  swap                     ▒ │   
│   sdb3               4985    5009     190M  vfat        /boot/efi    ↓ │   
│                                                                        │   
│    ┌─────┐   ┌──────┐   ┌────────┐   ┌──────┐   ┌────┐   ┌──────┐      │   
│    │ New │   │ Edit │   │ Delete │   │ RAID │   │ OK │   │ Back │      │   
│    └─────┘   └──────┘   └────────┘   └──────┘   └────┘   └──────┘      │   
│                                                                        │   
│                                                                        │   

... note the size of /boot/efi.  Then I tabbed over to "OK" and pressed ENTER:

┌────────────────────────────┤ Partitioning ├────────────────────────────┐   
│                                                                        │   
│      Device ┌────────┤ Error with Partitioning ├─────────┐unt Point    │   
│ /dev/sda    │                                            │           ↑ │   
│   sda1      │ The following critical errors exist with   │           ▮ │   
│   sda2      │ your requested partitioning scheme.        │           ▒ │   
│   sda3      │ These errors must be corrected prior to    │           ▒ │   
│   sda4      │ continuing with your install of Fedora.    │           ▒ │   
│   sda5      │                                            │           ▒ │   
│ /dev/sdb    │ You must create an EFI System Partition    │           ▒ │   
│   sdb1      │ of type FAT and a size of 50 megabytes.    │           ▒ │   
│   sdb2      │                                            │           ▒ │   
│   sdb3      │                  ┌────┐                    │ ot/efi    ↓ │   
│             │                  │ OK │                    │             │   
│    ┌─────┐  │                  └────┘                    │ ─────┐      │   
│    │ New │  │                                            │ Back │      │   
│    └─────┘  │                                            │ ─────┘      │   
│             └────────────────────────────────────────────┘             │   
│                                                                        │   

At Doug Chapman's suggestion, I tried adding a 150MB /boot (ext3) partition, but
that also got the same error-message about partitioning configuration errors.

If I go back and let anaconda auto-partition /dev/sdb, it works.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
# rpm -q anaconda

How reproducible: 100% (always)
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2008-04-25 15:44:11 EDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 444127 ***
Comment 2 Peter Jones 2008-04-25 15:54:29 EDT
So you partitioned manually then?  If so, can you see if it gives you an "efi"
option instead of "vfat" for sdb3?  If so, select that and hopefully that'll
work.  In that case I'll need to figure out why it's not automatically selecting
it.  If not, we need to figure out why it's not in the list.
Comment 3 Glen A. Foster 2008-04-25 16:17:02 EDT
Hey, Peter; long time no see. :)  Yes, I manually partitioned the last install.
 Not only that, this is a TEXT-MODE install over serial console; sorry I forgot
to mention that last time.

When I install, I get the following (alphbetized) list of options:
efi, ext2, ext3, physical volume (LVM), software RAID, swap, vfat, xfs
(the 'Add Partition') screen defaults to "ext3" on serial installs, always.  I
dunno what the graphical installer does - I haven't tried it.

*** USING "efi" as the partition-type for /boot/efi allows me to proceed ***
Comment 4 Peter Jones 2008-04-25 16:36:55 EDT
Hey, Glen.

While I'd really prefer for it to automatically be set to "efi" if you select
that mountpoint, I'm going to defer this to post-F9 -- auto-partitioning works*,
and manually partitioning works if you know to select efi.  At this stage,
that's good enough that it's better to not mess with the code.

(* I don't have an Itanium in front of me, but on i386 autopart correctly sets
it to "efi" and the resulting EFI System Partition is boot.)
Comment 5 Doug Chapman 2008-04-25 16:45:58 EDT

Since we plan on shipping F9 final for ia64 a little bit after F9 for the
primary arches could we get this into anaconda just after you guys ship the
primary F9?  That way F9 final for ia64 could pick up the fix.

I am expecting our F9 final will be in about a month.  We just wrapped up
F9-beta just now (which is what Glen was using when he hit this).
Comment 6 Peter Jones 2008-04-25 16:59:44 EDT
Doug, that may be feasible.  I'm really not sure just yet, what with the office
move right in the middle and whatnot.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 06:10:45 EDT
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:
Comment 8 Chris Ward 2009-04-06 05:30:15 EDT

This bug appears to pertain to an important F11 feature, EFI, which the Fedora Community will be testing in an upcoming Fedora Test Day. Your participation in the action would be greatly appreciated!

More information:
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