Bug 594862 - Installer bombs with unhandled exception when attempting not to format an existing partition [NEEDINFO]
Summary: Installer bombs with unhandled exception when attempting not to format an exi...
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Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Release Test Team
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Reported: 2010-05-21 19:50 UTC by john cooper
Modified: 2014-07-25 03:45 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-06-04 18:35:23 UTC
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Description john cooper 2010-05-21 19:50:07 UTC
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):

How reproducible:

(as above)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. (as above)
Actual results:

Installer bombs with "unhandled exception".

Expected results:

Installation should proceed normally but preserve
filesystem content outside of the to-be installed file

Additional info:

Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2010-05-21 19:51:34 UTC
Please attach the complete traceback to this bug report.

Comment 3 David Lehman 2010-05-21 22:51:50 UTC
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.

Comment 4 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-06-02 14:46:02 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux major release.  Product Management has requested further
review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux Major release.  This request is not yet committed for

Comment 5 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-06-04 18:35:23 UTC
Development Management has reviewed and declined this request.  You may appeal
this decision by reopening this request.

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