Bug 972906 - Failure to install bootloader
Summary: Failure to install bootloader
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 18
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2013-06-10 19:05 UTC by Dave Nystrom
Modified: 2014-02-05 21:45 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Clone Of:
: 1101031 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2014-02-05 21:45:16 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Dave Nystrom 2013-06-10 19:05:33 UTC
Description of problem: My attempt to install Fedora 18 failed with the following error messages.

/usr/sbin/grub2-bios-setup: warning: this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible.

/usr/sbin/grub2-bios-setup: warning: Embedding is not possible, GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists.  However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discourage..

/usr/bin/grub2-bios-setup: error: will not proceed with blocklists.

I am installing on a system with 6 seagate hardrives which are 3TB in size.  However, I am only installing to the /dev/sda hardrive for this case.  My installation hardrive was pre-partitioned with gparted from Knoppix 7.0.4 live bootable DVD.  It has a gpt partition table with the following partitions:

/dev/sda1          2 MiB           ext4
/dev/sda2       2048 MiB           ext4
/dev/sda3      40960 MiB           ext4
/dev/sda4    1778000 MiB           ext4
/dev/sda5     256000 MiB           ext4
/dev/sda6     768000 MiB           ext4
/dev/sda7      16577 MiB           linux-swap

I then choose to use the customize partitions option of the F18 installer and configure the above existing partitions as follows with each partition being formatted during the install.

/dev/sda1          2 MiB           BIOS Boot
/dev/sda2       2048 MiB           ext4             /boot
/dev/sda3      40960 MiB           ext4             /
/dev/sda4    1778000 MiB           ext4             /home
/dev/sda5     256000 MiB           ext4             /data1
/dev/sda6     768000 MiB           ext4             /data2
/dev/sda7      16577 MiB           swap

The installation process does indicate that /dev/sda1 is being reformatted to the BIOS Boot type.

But the F18 installer indicates that it can't find a BIOS Boot partition.  In the installer, /dev/sda was selected for installation of the boot loader and there was only one of the 6 drives selected for the installation process, that one being /dev/sda.

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

Not sure what the version number was for anaconda but it was from the x86_g4 full installation DVD iso.

How reproducible:

I have reproduced it twice.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Boot the F18 installation DVD
2.  Configure installation options
3.  Start install

Actual results:

Install fails with error and warning messages cited above.

Expected results:

A successful install.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Dave Nystrom 2013-06-10 19:10:16 UTC
BTW, I was able to successfully install Fedora 17 on my machine with the initial partitioning scheme mentioned above.  This problem is specific to my attempts to install Fedora 18.

Comment 2 Dave Nystrom 2013-06-15 14:07:03 UTC
I'm stuck and need a path forward.  Is it possible that someone could review my
install procedure above and let me know if I am doing something fundamentally

Comment 3 Steve Tyler 2013-08-13 11:00:38 UTC
Have you tried again with F19?

If you have F17 installed, you can use the "fedup" command to upgrade to F18 or F19.

$ sudo repoquery fedup --releasever=17

$ sudo repoquery fedup --list --releasever=17 | grep man8

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