Bug 85631 - Cannot install Phoebe with Smart Boot Manager
Summary: Cannot install Phoebe with Smart Boot Manager
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: parted
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matt Wilson
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-03-05 09:36 UTC by Kazutoshi Morioka
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-06-25 18:56:05 UTC

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Description Kazutoshi Morioka 2003-03-05 09:36:34 UTC
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Description of problem:
I'm using Smart Boot Manager (SBM) as a bootmanager.
Phoebe installer failed to detect patition table on my machine using SBM.
My machine's partition type was not detected correctly as msdos,
but as "loop" patition type (like a filesystem on floppy).
This is SBM's fault. not a bug of Phoebe installer nor GNU parted.
SBM incorrectly put a fat filesystem signature, "FAT12" in offset 0x36
bytes from beginning of disk.
So, GNU parted will think this is a raw FAT filesystem.
I tried to clear from offset 0x36 to 0x3a with SPACE code, 0x20.
Then, I can successfully install Phoebe.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install SBM into Master Boot Record.
2. Try to install Phoebe.
3. Proceed to disk-druid.

Actual Results:  Incorrect partition type "loop" is detected, and failed to install.

Expected Results:  Correctly detect "msdos" partition table, and diskdruid is
showing up.

Additional info:

What to be fixed is SBM.
Editing partition table with hexedit is easy for me,
But there is no other out-of-the-box solution for this problem.
Uninstalling SBM leave a FAT signature on the MBR.
So that, uninstalling SBM dose not solve this.
At least, please mention this in the RELEASE-NOTES.

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