Bug 493294 - System recovery partition offered as "Other" boot option (F11beta)
System recovery partition offered as "Other" boot option (F11beta)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
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Reported: 2009-04-01 06:13 EDT by Jurgen Kramer
Modified: 2009-04-28 13:41 EDT (History)
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Description Jurgen Kramer 2009-04-01 06:13:12 EDT
Description of problem:
With F11beta install anaconda offered to add the System recovery partition as "Other" boot option for GRUB.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
anaconda from F11 beta release

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start F11 beta install from i386 DVD
Actual results:
Anaconda offered the first partition as "Other" OS boot option while this is the system recovery partition (type 12).

Expected results:
Anaconda does not offer a/the System recovery partition as valid "Other" OS option

Additional info:
The partition layout is as follows:
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x7881e424

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1         784     6297448+  12  Compaq diagnostics
/dev/sda2             785        5788    40194630    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3   *        5789       10250    35841015   af  Unknown
/dev/sda4           10251       19457    73955227+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5           10251       10276      208813+  83  Linux
/dev/sda6           10277       10537     2096451   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7           10538       19457    71649868+  83  Linux
Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2009-04-08 15:41:52 EDT
There's not really any good way to filter these diagnostics partitions out in the new storage code.  They're a bootable partition with a dos filesystem, which makes them look just like a Windows or similar OS is installed there.  Additionally, the partition ID isn't really accessible anymore since it's a msdos disklabel specific feature that the new pyparted and booty doesn't want to expose.  Is having it in the bootloader causing real annoyance?
Comment 2 Jurgen Kramer 2009-04-15 13:57:46 EDT
Not for me, I know that I need to modify grub and how to do it. But some people won't probably like it if they accidentally start a system recovery instead of booting into XP.
Comment 3 Chris Lumens 2009-04-28 13:41:49 EDT
Unfortunately there's not really anything we can do about this for F11.  There's a possible fix, but it's very complicated and prone to causing more errors that we won't have time to fix before the final release.

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