Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 60102
fdisk on custom install doesn't see proper drive geometry with Compaq Smart Array 431 card
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:40:29 EDT
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Description of problem:
During a custom install, fdisk always reports just one cylinder, making
partitiioning impossible. Disk Druid works ok and produces a functional system,
but I would prefer to use fdisk. After booting, fdisk reports all kinds of
logical/physical errors with the drive's partition table. Compaq technical
support was able to reproduce the problem on several test boxes at their site.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Perform a custom install on a Compaq server with a Smart Array 431 hardware
2.Choose fdisk to create the partitions.
Actual Results: fdisk is unable to partition the disk, regardless of how the
RAID card presents the logical disks. (Read: the size/type/etc. of the RAID
volume makes no difference.) fdisk always sees just 1 cylinder.
Expected Results: Obviously fdisk should see the correct drive geometry,
allowing creation of partitions.
I was able to find two version of fdisk that work. The rpm's the're part of
util-linux-2.11f-17.i386.rpm from the 7.2 errata pages
util-linux-2.11n-4.i386.rpm in the rawhide directory
Just for the sake of completeness, the version of fdisk that doesn't work comes
as part of util-linux-2.11f-9.i386.rpm.
Unfortunately by the time I can install one of these the install process is over
and my partition tables are hosed. Any chance a boot and/or updates image
file(s) could be released containing a newer version of fdisk?
You can always put the fdisk binary on a floppy, go to tty2 of the installer,
mount the floppy and run fdisk from there. Not ideal, but it works as a
workaround. Future releases will have the newer fdisk