+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #700444 +++
A customer upgraded a machine from RHEL 5.3 (?) to RHEL5.6 and on boot a ddf1 signature was detected on the device (/dev/sda) containing the /boot filesystem. As a result, his system would not boot, but he worked around the boot problem with "nodmraid" on the cmdline. Apparently the ddf1 signature was from a previous windows install, and was not properly wiped when RHEL was installed.
Once booted, he attempted to use "dmraid -E" to erase the unwanted ddf1 signature, but received the following error:
dmraid -v -E -r /dev/sda
Do you really want to erase "ddf1" ondisk metadata on /dev/sda ? [y/n] :y
ERROR: ddf1: seeking device "/dev/sda" to 40959999737856
ERROR: writing metadata to /dev/sda, offset 79999999488 sectors, size 0 bytes returned 0
ERROR: erasing ondisk metadata on /dev/sda
I will upload an strace of "dmraid -f ddf1 -r /dev/sda" as well as other relevant data from this customer system. I am not sure if I can get the exact signature from the disk but will upload if I can.
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-08-30 08:44:01 EDT ---
Fixes patch posted on dm-devel list:
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inclusion in the current release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Because the affected component is not scheduled to be updated
in the current release, Red Hat is unable to address this
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