Bug 76804 - USB floppies and SCSI disks are natural enemies
USB floppies and SCSI disks are natural enemies
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
Depends On: 80020
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Reported: 2002-10-26 19:52 EDT by Martin K. Petersen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:47 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-05-25 10:58:11 EDT
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Description Martin K. Petersen 2002-10-26 19:52:12 EDT
Description of Problem:

Anaconda clobbered my partition table/first filesystem when asked to create
a boot disk.

My machine is SCSI-only and I used a USB floppy drive for the install.  System
disk is sda.  The floppy ended up as sdb.

Install progressed just fine.  After boot, however, something which resembled a
boot floppy image took up the first part of my SCSI disk.

How Reproducible:

Despite my amazing od -t a filesystem superblock spotting powers, I've not had a
strong desire to reproduce.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Perform an install to a SCSI-disk using a USB-floppy
2. When prompted to create a boot disk, do so

Actual Results:

First part of the harddisk gets clobbered

Expected Results:

A boot image on the floppy drive and not the harddisk.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-01-10 02:24:33 EST
We now always reprobe for what the floppy device is now and have fun unloading
and reloading usb-storage in various places
Comment 2 Brent Fox 2003-05-25 10:58:11 EDT
I'm going through Bugzilla closing some bugs that have been marked as Modified
for some period of time.  I believe that most of these issues have been fixed,
so I'm resolving these bugs as Rawhide.  If the bug you are seeing still exists,
please reopen this report and mark it as Reopened.

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