Bug 75147 - need to skip asking for boot disk creation when no floppy exists
need to skip asking for boot disk creation when no floppy exists
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2002-10-04 15:52 EDT by Tom Wood
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:47 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-07-09 01:00:13 EDT
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Description Tom Wood 2002-10-04 15:52:33 EDT
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Description of problem:
anaconda shouldn't even ask about creating a boot disk when there's no
floppy/zip/ls100 in the machine.  Answering "yes" could ruin a newbie's day.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install RHL.
2.Answer yes to create boot disk when you don't have a drive.
3.Sit in amazement as the install hangs ad nauseum.

Actual Results:  The system will hang.

Expected Results:  anaconda shouldn't even ask.

Additional info:

If I were a n00b, I'd be really disgusted that I'd gone through all that package
selection only to see my install hang.  Since I'm not a n00b but just plain old
st00pid, I worked around this with deft use of <ctrl-alt-f something or another>
and a well-placed kill -9.

Maybe by 8.1 I won't be able to shoot myself in the foot anymore...
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-10-07 11:18:12 EDT
Unfortunately, you can't really tell with any degree of certainty that there's
*not* a floppy drive connected on an x86 machine.  Even on machines without a
drive, the controller usually shows up and masquerades that a floppy is present.
 We'll try to make it more clear, though
Comment 2 Tom Wood 2002-10-07 13:47:07 EDT
Understood. Quote from linux/kernel/i386/i8259.c:

* Careful.. Not only is IRQ13 unreliable, but it is also
* leads to races. IBM designers who came up with it should
* be shot.

Now, if there were just some way to kill off an errant request to create a boot
disk that's user-friendly, we'd be better off than we are now...
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2003-07-09 01:00:13 EDT
We skip asking if we can't detect a floppy with kudzu now.
Comment 4 Tom Wood 2003-07-11 20:51:44 EDT
Wonderful - thank you.  Got a lot of machines now w/o floppies.

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