Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 87720
Anaconda crashed when using LVM while partitioning / formatting
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:52:40 EDT
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Description of problem:
The anaconda installer crashed during installation of RHL 9 The traceback
indicated that LVM was at fault.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2.Create an LVM partition containing /var /data and some free space
3.Select packages and continue
Actual Results: Anaconda crashed
Expected Results: Partitioning and formatting.
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 936, in handleRenderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 155, in renderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 761, in nextClicked
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 157, in gotoNext
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 225, in moveStep
rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 464, in turnOnFilesystems
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py", line 1130, in createLogicalVolumes
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/fsset.py", line 1641, in setupDevice
raise SystemError, "pvcreate failed for %s" % (volume,)
SystemError: pvcreate failed for <fsset.PartitionDevice instance at 0x8a67f4c>
Local variables in innermost frame:
volume: <fsset.PartitionDevice instance at 0x8a67f4c>
self: <fsset.VolumeGroupDevice instance at 0x89a6274>
For full dump see attachment.
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What did you select to do for your partitioning?
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kickstart file produced during installation
Created attachment 91190 [details]
parted view of partition table
The server was a new Dell Poweredge 2650 with two SCSI drives running hardware
RAID. Dell factory install a vfat partition at the beginning of the disk. I
chose to automatically partition the existing structure and review changes. I
kept the vfat partition and then created a large LVM partition containing /var
I went through the rest of the installation options and when the installer began
to format the system it crashed with the traceback shown above.
I initialized the raid array to remove any existing data (including the vfat
partition) and began a new installation choosing auto-partitioning again. I
modified the results to give / /boot and swap with an LVM containing
/var/spool/postfix /home and /var This time the installer finished and rebooted
- the problem was that it had mixed the sizes of the / and swap partitions - I
wanted a 2Gb swap and 7Gb / but it gave me a 7Gb swap and a 2Gb /. I have
attached the kickstart file produced along with a copy of the parted view of the
partition table. This shows that a 7Gb / was selected but a 2Gb / was produced.
I have been through the installation a third time, selecting manual partitioning
and not adding any LVM - I left enough space to add the LVM after the
installation. The installation went smoothly and the machine is now in use.
Added some additional checks to prevent this from happening.