Bug 50544 - Anaconda does not check size of vfat partition
Summary: Anaconda does not check size of vfat partition
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-08-01 01:19 UTC by Stephen John Smoogen
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:35 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-01 15:29:10 UTC
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Description Stephen John Smoogen 2001-08-01 01:19:06 UTC
Description of Problem:
When trying to format a vfat partition, anaconda does not check to see how
large the partition is. I was able to tell it to make a 6 gig vfat
partition (which when allowed I thought cool.. its going to make it fat32). 
It then sent the partition to mkfsdos which of course complained that it
cant make a fat16 partition larger than X gigs in size.

How Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go through install via autopartioning and skip a drive
2. Try to create a >2 gig VFAT partition when it asks if you want any changes.
3. Watch anaconda burn.

Actual Results:
Anaconda died with 'unexpected error.. need to reboot.'

Expected Results:
One of several
 1) It somehow makes a FAT32 partition if the size of the partition is
    greater than 2 gigs.
 2) It tells me I cant make a partition bigger than 2 gigs.
Additional Information:

Comment 1 Preston Brown 2001-08-01 13:57:50 UTC
mkdosfs has the ability to make FAT32, so this should be correctable.  A 
little math and an extra command line parameter conditionally passed, and we 
are done.

Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2001-08-01 18:11:35 UTC
For now, just limiting FAT partitions to two gigs.  The primary reason for
allowing the formatting of FAT partitions is for /boot/efi on ia64 and adding
the added complication to pass down partition size complications into the
formatting layer isn't worth it at this point.

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