Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 75147
need to skip asking for boot disk creation when no floppy exists
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:47:10 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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
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.
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...
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
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...
We skip asking if we can't detect a floppy with kudzu now.
Wonderful - thank you. Got a lot of machines now w/o floppies.