Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 473502
Preserving partitions during install obscure or awkward; Disk Druid
Last modified: 2009-09-09 13:05:39 EDT
Description of problem:
During install, it was non-obvious how to prevent wiping the /home partition
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from Fedora 10 install media
2. Choose Install
3. At Disk Druid, choose custom partitioning
4. Disk Druid discovers existing partitions
It appears any defined partition (esp. ext3) will get reformatted
*Desired* result: A "Protect Partition from changes" status
I would have felt safe deleting the /home partition and then defining it again later in the MBR, but yuck. I felt frightened that anything left defined as ext3 would get mke2fs'd. I cancelled out and did an upgrade instead of an install. Since "install" instead of "upgrade" is recommended, the procedure for doing this highly common procedure should be highlighted in the documentation instead of obscure or missing.
There are aditional artifacts for diskdruid:
/dev/sda2 / (encrypted dm-crypt)
/dev/sda3 swap (encrypted dm-crypt)
/dev/sda4 /home (encrypted dm-crypt)
When instructing drisk druid to format and encrypt /dev/sda2 / it does not update the icons status that notify of formating and encription.
It does this properly for /dev/sda1 /boot and /dev/sda3 swap.
If you delete the /dev/sda2 partition and recreate, format and encrypt it will update the status icons.
(In reply to comment #0)
> Description of problem:
> During install, it was non-obvious how to prevent wiping the /home partition
I beg to differ. If you don't want to format it, just don't edit it (with the condition that you did not choose to autopartition). And, If you chose an autopartition option ("Use entire drive", "Replace existing Linux system"), it is obvious that your /home is most probably going to get formatted.
> Actual results:
> It appears any defined partition (esp. ext3) will get reformatted
This is not the case. When you select *only* custom partitioning everything starts off as we detect it. If you choose to some default partitioning scheme and accept to review the layout after the autopartitioning is done, the devices to be formatted are chosen automatically.
In the case where the user wants full control of the installation, like your case, he/she should choose the custom layout and be very specific about what is wanted. I don't see what is awkward or obscure about that.
With respect to the second comment. Pls open a new bug if this is still the case with f12 alpha.
During the F10 install, Disk Druid said it was going to mkfs "ext partitions". It nowhere indicated it was going to exclude existing partitions. If the GUI has been clarified since, good.