Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 594862
Installer bombs with unhandled exception when attempting not to format an existing partition
Last modified: 2014-07-24 23:45:59 EDT
Description of problem:
In trying to do a reinstall of rhel6 over an previous
install, attempting to avoid formatting the root
partition kills the install. Note the partition
is fsck-clean and coherent.
Tried both creating a custom partitioning and choosing
a (default) reuse of discovered partitions with both
resulting in the same aborted installation if disabling
format of the root (lv_root) was attempted.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. (as above)
Installer bombs with "unhandled exception".
Installation should proceed normally but preserve
filesystem content outside of the to-be installed file
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Yes, I know we allow this, but that does not mean it is good practice to reinstall on top of an existing root filesystem. You should not expect things to work in any sense, really. I don't even think we should allow it. There are countless options available for managing your personal data in such a way as to allow reformat of the rootfs without losing your data.
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