Bug 448247 - [PATCH] Anaconda's invocation of mkfs.vfat results in duplicate volume-id's / serial-numbers
Summary: [PATCH] Anaconda's invocation of mkfs.vfat results in duplicate volume-id's /...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dosfstools
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Stepan Kasal
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: F10AnacondaBlocker
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-05-24 22:19 UTC by Andreas Øye
Modified: 2013-01-10 04:42 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-11-19 04:50:08 UTC

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patch! (1.25 KB, patch)
2008-11-04 17:46 UTC, Bill Nottingham
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Description Andreas Øye 2008-05-24 22:19:55 UTC
Description of problem:
Anaconda installer 8 breaks upgrade to 9. The actual bug is that mkfs.vfat when
invoked generates the same serialnumber / volumeid for the vfat partitions that
I selected for formatting during install. This makes the upgrade feature of
anaconda 9 angry and it complains about duplicate serial numbers. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Uncertain. The default anaconda installer available as PXE images 7th january 2008.

How reproducible:
Not tested yet. 

Steps to Reproduce:
Excerpt from anaconda-ks.conf

#clearpart --linux
#part raid.27 --size=100 --ondisk=sda --asprimary
#part raid.28 --size=100 --ondisk=sdb --asprimary
#part /mnt/windata --fstype vfat --onpart sdb1
#part /mnt/windows --fstype vfat --onpart sda1
#part raid.31 --size=100 --grow --ondisk=sdb
#part raid.30 --size=100 --grow --ondisk=sda
#raid /boot --fstype ext3 --level=RAID1 --device=md0 raid.27 raid.28
#raid pv.32 --fstype "physical volume (LVM)" --level=RAID1 --device=md1 raid.30
#volgroup WorkVG00 --pesize=32768 pv.32
#logvol /home --fstype ext3 --name=HomeVol --vgname=WorkVG00 --size=20000
#logvol swap --fstype swap --name=SwapVol --vgname=WorkVG00 --size=4096
#logvol / --fstype ext3 --name=RootVol --vgname=WorkVG00 --size=20000

1. Make two vfat partitions in diskdruid during install of Fedora and format.
2. Check volumeid's with file -s /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1. They're the same.
2. Boot Fedora 9 installer and select upgrade. Upgrade fails.

Actual results:

Expected results:
Generate different volumeid's for each formatted partition.

Additional info:
This is perhaps a bug in dosfstools. all I could glean from the manpage was that
volumeid generation is timebased, and mkfs.vfat is pretty snappy on modern
machines. Perhaps an artificial delay in anaconda or checking for duplicate id's
and reformatting.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2008-05-27 15:37:11 UTC
This should be fixed in dosfstools rather than trying to do odd special cases in

Comment 2 Jesse Keating 2008-10-03 23:19:03 UTC
Stepan, any updates on this?  It's been a number of months since this was filed, and it's currently a blocker for F10.  I'd like to see it fixed if possible, or a realistic idea of what it will take so that we can set blockers appropriately.

Comment 3 Jesse Keating 2008-10-25 00:23:18 UTC
We're well past any sort of feature freeze like this.  PUNT.

Comment 4 Jeremy Katz 2008-10-26 16:45:02 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)

NAK.  This needs to be fixed for F10.  Otherwise, we're making installs which won't later be upgradable.

Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2008-11-04 17:46:48 UTC
Created attachment 322456 [details]

Here's a patch - it expands the creation time used to include microseconds. Since the volume ID is limited to 32 bits, it gets truncated somewhat, but this is probably the simplest solution.

Alternative would be to use libuuid and truncate that to 32-bits.

Comment 6 Jesse Keating 2008-11-11 23:00:10 UTC
 Stepan ping?  We really need to get this in for Fedora 10.

Comment 7 Will Woods 2008-11-14 19:10:12 UTC
Patch has been reviewed a couple of times, seems obviously correct. AFAIK nothing *depends* on volume-id being a timestamp, so the change shouldn't matter.

Package maintainer might be on vacation, though, so we haven't gotten a proper review. notting is contacting upstream dosfstools maintainers for their opinion.

Comment 8 Daniel Baumann 2008-11-14 20:04:45 UTC
Got ping from notting, will have a look at this tomorrow and release 3.0.1.

Comment 9 Bill Nottingham 2008-11-18 16:47:56 UTC
Spot built this... can we get some rawhide testing?

Comment 10 Jesse Keating 2008-11-19 04:50:08 UTC
I just attempted an install with many vfat partitions, some small some large.  Each partition had an actual unique uuid according to blkid.  file -s doesn't give me any useful information.  I'm assuming that blkid's uuid and the above mentioned volumeid is one in the same.  Considering this confirmed.

Comment 11 Daniel Baumann 2008-11-24 12:09:40 UTC
This is now part of 3.0.1 (uploaded yesterday); thanks for the patch and sorry for the delay.

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