Bug 444386 - Unhandled exception: There are differences between boot sector and its backup
Summary: Unhandled exception: There are differences between boot sector and its backup
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dosfstools
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Stepan Kasal
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-04-28 04:46 UTC by Behdad Esfahbod
Modified: 2009-07-14 16:28 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 16:28:14 UTC

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Description Behdad Esfahbod 2008-04-28 04:46:47 UTC
Trying to install F9 Preview.  After custom partitioning, got unhandled
exception dialog for "SystemError: dosfslabel failed on device /dev/sdc1: There
are differences between boot sector and its backup", raised at line 970 of
/usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py in labelDevice.

Couldn't save the report because of bug 444385.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 10:17:04 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:

Comment 2 Behdad Esfahbod 2008-08-25 19:57:28 UTC
So yeah, another release on and hit this bug again.  Still couldn't save the report, but here's some stuff I typed:

Your bug could not be filed due to bad information in the bug fields.  This is most likely an error in anaconda:

<Fault 510: 'Your query returned 281211 bugs and\n  Red Hat Bugzilla will only return 100000 or less bugs. \n  Please back up and narrow your search criteria.  If you feel your reults \n  were expected and your search criteria was correct, please send email to \n  bugzilla-owner@redhat.com \n  describing what you were doing and we will correct the error.'>

anaconda exception report
Traceback (most recent call first):
  fsset.py, line 978, in labelDevice
    raise SystemError, "dosfslabel failed on device %s: %" % (devicePath, msg)

'There are differences between boot sector and its backeup.\nDifferences: (offset:original/backup)\n LOTS OF NUMBERS HERE................................... Not automatically fixing this.\n NO NAME     \n'

I'm not sure exactly who thought "Not automatically fixing this" and throwing an unhandled exception is a better idea than asking user whether it should be tried to fix, or just give them a f$%^ing option to remove that partition from the install completely...

And we wonder why Ubuntu is eating our lunch.  Donno.

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2009-06-10 00:29:06 UTC
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Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 16:28:14 UTC
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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