Bug 69998 - DISK DRUID and Parted giving wrong information
DISK DRUID and Parted giving wrong information
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: parted (Show other bugs)
i586 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-07-28 08:07 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:44 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-11-04 08:56:57 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2002-07-28 08:07:57 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have two hard disks primary master and primary slave on the machine. I was 
running (dual boot) windows and mandrake linux 8.1 rc2 previously, this time i 
tried installing redhat 7.3 vallhala on top of the mandrake partition as it's a 
spare machine.

while installing i found out that disk druid wrongly shows /dev/hda1 as swap 
while if i switch back to console and do fdisk /tmp/hda it shows the /dev/hda1 
as windows fat with the system ID b... even if i fdisk from mandrake it shows 
the same as shown in the pic.

anyways if i let it go without reformatting /dev/hda1 it ended up giving me the 
error after choosin the packages

error enabling swap device hda1:
Invalid argument
This most likely means this swap partition has not been initialized.

i do not want to loose windows partition. i tried again resinstalling mandrake 
and it worked without any glitch.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.it reproduces every time i insert the cd there is nothing typical i can  
write in here ... i am unable to install redhat in the first place itself, 
though other distro is working perfectly.

Additional info:

besides the fdisk here is the parted information 


Disk geometry for /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc: 0.000-3079.125
Disk label type: msdos
Minor    Start       End     Type      Filesystem  Flags
1          0.031   2035.687  primary   linux-swap  boot
2       2035.688   3079.125  extended
5       2035.718   2067.187  logical   ext2
6       2067.218   3079.125  logical   ext2


Disk geometry for /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/disc: 0.000-4112.226
Disk label type: msdos
Minor    Start       End     Type      Filesystem  Flags
1          0.031    522.795  primary   linux-swap  boot
2        522.795   4112.226  extended
5        522.826   1594.687  logical   ext3
6       1594.718   4112.226  logical   ext3

also take a look at this http://www7.brinkster.com/rohit79/fdisk.png
Comment 1 Matt Wilson 2002-11-20 12:56:18 EST
/dev/hda1 probably has both a valid FAT signature and a valid swap partition
Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2004-06-25 14:34:07 EDT
Is this better with newer releases (ie, Fedora Core 1 or 2)?
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2004-11-04 08:56:57 EST
Closing due to inactivity.  Please reopen this bug if you have further
information to add to the report.

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