Bug 461118 - No way to install to a fresh disk with no partition table
No way to install to a fresh disk with no partition table
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: F10Beta/F10BetaBlocker
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Reported: 2008-09-04 07:42 EDT by Patryk Zawadzki
Modified: 2008-09-19 16:43 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-09-19 16:43:28 EDT
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Description Patryk Zawadzki 2008-09-04 07:42:07 EDT
I'm working on adapting Anaconda for PLD Linux and have found the following problem (will try to send a patch with some refactoring to allow us to use unpatched Anaconda):

When enumerating devices, Anaconda properly finds the clean disk as /dev/sda. As the disk is new, straight from the factory, it contains all zeroes and thus there is no partition table present.

Later on it seems to do some checks in the code and discards the disk (probably assuming it doesn't support partitioning and thus is useless for installation).

The same thing happens in VirtualBox with a fresh disk image.

The user is forced to launch GParted, create an empty MSDOS partition table, write changes and restart Anaconda.

I'm using a recent version (two days old) of the current git head.
Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2008-09-19 16:43:28 EDT
This was actually a bug in anaconda that should be fixed in the next build.

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