Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 998290
Installer insists on BIOS booting (but mis-installs EFI as well)
Last modified: 2014-02-28 09:50:10 EST
Description of problem:
Just installed Fedora 19 on a machine previously running Fedora 17. Fedora 17 was booting in EFI mode, the system did not have a BIOS boot partition and the installer set everything up for Fedora 17 automatically.
The installer for Fedora 19 insisted on a BIOS boot partition even though an EFI partition was configured.
Because custom partitioning doesn't work, I ended up having to let the installer configure the partitions automatically. As far as I can tell, this is what it did:
- BIOS boot partition
- /, swap and /home on LVM
That's not too bad and it configured the boot loader to boot BIOS correctly. However, it has also installed EFI applications in /boot/efi/EFI even though there is no EFI partition and the installer formatted /boot ext4. Moreover, I have a link /etc/grub2-efi.cfg (I might be misremembering the exact name) which points to a non-existent EFI config file for grub2. This is at least highly confusing.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Didn't try. Bad enough having to use this installer once. (Sorry - Fedora 17 had a really nice installer and I'm rather disappointed by 19.)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up custom partitioning for EFI boot.
2. Try not to use BIOS boot partition.
3. When that fails, let the installer do whatever.
Messy BIOS boot configuration.
I would expect it to use EFI if an EFI partition is available and not to insist on a BIOS boot partition. I would also expect it to happily install for EFI boot as Fedora 17's installer did.
Failing that, I'd expect it to consistently install for BIOS booting and not create a pseudo-ESP as a sub-directory of a partition formatted ext4 at /boot.
Does this still occur in Fedora 20? Please attach the log files from /tmp (saved to /var/log/anaconda in the installed system) to this bug if this is still a problem.