Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 52071
Misleading Error Dialog in Partitioning
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:36:03 EDT
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Description of problem:
After partitioning with fdisk and then assigning names to each partition in
anaconda, if you have choosen to have seperate / and /usr partitions, on
pressing [Next] you will get an error dialog box telling you that there is
insufficent space in the root file system to install RedHat Linux and that
it needs a minimum of 250MB. This would be true were all of /usr going
into /, but works perfectly ok if /usr is a seperate large filesystem.
This error message discourages the good practice of having seperate
filesystems for / and /usr.
[Roswell release, AMD Athlon 800, 256MB RAM, 20GB IDE system disc]
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. fdisk a partition table such as:
/dev/hda1 / 100MB
/dev/hda2 swap 1024MB
/dev/hda3 /usr 2048MB
2. Assign / to /dev/hda1, /usr to /dev/hda3 in anaconda
3. Press [Next]
Error message pops up.
Actual Results: Misleading Error Message dialog popped up. Answering
[Yes] to ignoring the error message allows the installation to continue and
Expected Results: It should have added in the space in the /usr filesystem
when calculating whether or not the installation would fit.
I also saw this mis-feature in the upgrade option in Wolverine - except
there, it didn't have an "ignore error" option which caused the upgrade to
100MB is barely big enough to hold all the entries (inodes) of the dev package.
You will run out pretty quickly if anything ever gets larger.
The warning existed in 7.1 as well, and we have had no complaints. We assume an
experienced user will understand it is a warning and ignore it if they choose to.