Bug 7200 - disk druid partition allocation failure, reason undefined
disk druid partition allocation failure, reason undefined
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
6.1
All Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-11-21 09:17 EST by bill.cooksey
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:39 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-11-22 10:00:38 EST
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Description bill.cooksey 1999-11-21 09:17:28 EST
I'm trying to install 6.1 on an IDE drive, which is the slave on the
second IDE interface (hdd). I've tried various approaches and it doesn't
seem to matter. For example, using the GUI and Custom install, I get to
the disk druid window and can add a swap partition but then if I add a
root partition I get the unallocated partions errorbox with: "/    Reason
Undefined". Leaving that be, if I then add a /boot partition, sometimes,
the root partition appears to magically become allocated but the /boot
partition is unallocated with the same Undefined reason.

As I said, the hard drive is IDE2, Slave. The CDROM is IDE2, Master. I've
tried both of the following geometries; 4960/16/63 and 620/128/63. It's a
WDC drive with 2441MB (2560 million bytes).

It's also worth noting that if I try a workstation install that
AutoPartitioning fails.

Thanks for your help. I'm stuck

Bill
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-11-22 10:00:59 EST
Disk Druid is trying to be "smart" and only allow the /boot partition to be
placed on /dev/hda, as this is the only drive that most BIOSes can boot.
Anyway, the workaround for this problem is that you will want to install in
"expert" mode (type "expert" at the boot prompt) and then create the partitions
in fdisk.  You will then be able to tell the system which partition to use for
/boot and the other partitions, without having to worry about the installer
second-guessing you.

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