Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 60417
partition ordering inconsistent w/ autopartition
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:40:39 EDT
Description of Problem:
From one install to another (even on the same system with no hardware changes),
the partition ordering created by autopartition varies. Specifically, it appears
that /boot is always the first partition, but swap and / can be assigned in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
7.2 rc (0222.1 iso)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. start the installation multiple on the same system, allowing autopartition to
use the whole disk
2. in the review screen, note the partition ordering
swap and / appear in either order, making guessing of which partition is the
root filesystem impossible (with 7.1 autopartitioning, root was always /dev/sda2
and swap was always /dev/sda3 with a single disk SCSI system)
consistent, predictable ordering of partitions
This has been seen on DS10, DS20, ES45...
/boot is forced to be the first partition because of the old 0.7 problem of
addressing the disk beyond the 2Gb (was it 2 or 4?) extent limit
I'm perhaps being nieve, but why is the ordering important to you? after all,
autopartitioning is the 'I don't care, just make it work' option. People that do
care would probably want to manually setup the disk partitioning as they see
Yes, autopartitioning is the "just make it work" option, but the consistent
ordering in the past was extremely useful when people would ask questions
like "I can't boot my system, what do I do?" With the current aboot, you can
poke around the disk and find the right partitions, but knowing that an
autopartitioned disk had the root filesystem as /dev/sda2 gave a big head
In any case, I guess I don't particularly care whether this is changed or not.
I thought it was odd the two consectuve autopartitioned installs on the same
system would choose different orders.
Also, since it is different behavior than in the past, I wanted to call it
out. If it's by design, fine. If it's a mistake...
Well,... I suppose a way around that would be to dump the location of / and
/boot into the comment field of aboot.conf
Perhaps that might help?
Umm any update? or shall we close this one?