Bug 53778 - /boot/efi partition not formated by installer
Summary: /boot/efi partition not formated by installer
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 7.3
Hardware: ia64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Brent Fox
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-09-18 14:10 UTC by Josep L. Guallar-Esteve
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:37 UTC (History)
0 users

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Last Closed: 2001-09-18 14:10:10 UTC

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Description Josep Guallar-Esteve 2001-09-18 14:10:06 UTC
* test tree re0917.2
* test case ia64 / English / NFS / Everything / GUI Install

Description of Problem:

I did an Everything install. I selected "automatically partition disks", 
selecting all the available disks. It presented a reasonable set of 
partitions. I added a partition on one disk (/iso): there was empty space 
and I wanted to use it for HDD tests.

I discovered that on /tmp/install.log there was indications that 
/boot/efi hadn't been formated: 

Installing kernel-headers.
Installing kernel-smp.
/boot/efi/initrd-2.4.9-0.4smp.img already exists.
Installing ipchains.
Installing iptables.
Installing kernel.
/boot/efi/initrd-2.4.9-0.4.img already exists.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2001-09-18 15:22:29 UTC
Yes, per recommendation from Dell, /boot/efi is not formatted by default on
workstation or custom installs.  OEMs are using that partition to store their
system utilities so we really shouldn't format it unless formatting all partitions.

Comment 2 Josep Guallar-Esteve 2001-09-18 16:01:40 UTC
I have found the problem in several installs: when I select "create all the 
partitions automaticaly" and answering "yes" to "Do you really want to destroy 
all the partitions and data?".

Maybe a checkbox for "Include /boot/efi in the format" , or issue a warning 
about the DELL concern before going further... or even listing /boot/efi as a 
"Separate disc" when asking "which disks do you want to use in the 

The thing is, when selecting *all* the disks with all the partitions for Linux 
and after confirming "yes, go ahead and wipe out everything" ... I would 
expect to have everything wiped out. 

This also causes several "Red Hat Linux" entries in the EFI bootlist. Then, 
which one is good? This looks bad, to me.

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