Errors in GNOME installer for 2011-03-15 builds

Tim Flink tflink at
Wed Mar 16 19:36:47 UTC 2011

On 03/16/2011 01:18 PM, Gregory Woodbury wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Tim Flink <tflink at> wrote:
>> On 03/16/2011 11:36 AM, Gregory Woodbury wrote:
>>> No traceback or messages that I can see, just a notification that i can't
>>> put
>>> a partition on root.
>> Just to re-iterate (and slightly rephrase) what James said: I believe
>> that the change to anaconda was to disallow assigning '/' to a partition
>> that was not being formatted during the installation process. If the
>> partition was previously formatted, you wouldn't be able to mount it as
>> '/' unless you reformat it as part of the install.
>> Are you using custom or auto partitioning?
>> Are you using pre-existing partitions/logical volumes? If so, does
>> deleting and re-creating those partitions work (assuming you can do so)?
> Yes, it is wanting the partition formatted before letting it be assigned to
> root.

I assume this means that you did not see the aforementioned error after
checking the format box on the partition that will become '/'. Can you
confirm this?

I have not seen that error message myself but if you don't think that it
was clearly worded enough (and it kind of sounds that way), please file
a bug against anaconda.

> This is rather awkard as the format checkbox is below the mount point box.
> Are we going to recommend a seperate /home?  Should the default layout make
> a /home?

I thought that the default layout did create a separate home lv but I
could very well be wrong here. I'm not sure what the LiveCD installer
does off the top of my head, though.

> This is, IIRC the second go around on forcing the root to be formatted.
> What if /home is
> in the root and you don't want to lose it!   Last time we got a notification
> that the partition
> ought to be formatted, unless there are home directories or something you
> want to keep.

I honestly can't think of anything other than backing up those
partitions before formatting on re-install. Does anyone else have

> FC13 has this notification, 15 lost it and now wants to force formatting.
> Two steps back and 1/2 step forward.

The change is from a fix for a couple of bugs:

I am not aware of the exact technical reasons on why allowing '/' to be
unformatted is a bad idea, though.



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