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Bug#261834: marked as done (install: cannot partition for aboot on alpha)



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Package: install
Severity: normal



-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing
Architecture: alpha
Kernel: Linux 2.4.26-1-generic

Hardware: Compaq XP1000, with two SCSI disks 9GB each

Planned partition:
sda1 aboot
sda2 /boot (ext2)
sda3 / (ext3)
sda4 /home (ext3)
sda5 swap
sdb left empty for future expansions

Used software: boot.img from ~vorlon, dated Jul 27, size 5408452 bytes
Boot from DHCP3 server, using 'boot ewa0 -flags ""'
selected installation: testing from mirror: ftp.de.debian.org

partition procedure 1:
- erase disk SCSI2 0,0,0 (sda)
- Go Back
- create empty partition tables for sda and sdb
- create sda1 32MB for use with aboot
- create sda2 32MB ext2 as /boot
- automatically partition sdb with separate /home
--> partition assignment for sda will be lost ("do not use")
--> no space for aboot
- re-assigning sda1 and sda2 (incl. setting mount point for sdb2) will 
  allow to proceed

culprit: partitioning of the second disk should never modify previous
  settings for sda

partition procedure 2: (single disk)
- erase disk SCSI2 0,0,0 (sda)
- Go Back
- create empty partition tables for sda and sdb
- create sda1 32MB for use with aboot
- create sda2 32MB ext2 as /boot
- create sda[3-5] (automatically or manually, doesn't matter, with
  settings used by automatic partitioning with /home)
- will result in part table:
  #1 32MB aboot
  #2 32MB ext2 /boot
  #3 2.5GB ext3 /
  #4 6.1GB ext3 /home
  #5 324MB swap swap
- next step will refuse aboot installation (no space for aboot) and
  throw me back to partitioning.
- if I remove sda[3-5] and create these partitions on sdb, everything
  is fine.

culprit: single disk installation seems to be impossible if second disk
  available

small glitch: df does not give sensible values (even for /)

Cheers,
 Steffen Grunewald


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From: Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org>
To: Steffen Grunewald <steffen.grunewald@aei.mpg.de>,
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Subject: Re: Bug#261834: install: cannot partition for aboot on alpha
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Hi Steffen,

Thanks for testing.

On Wed, Jul 28, 2004 at 04:03:46PM +0200, Steffen Grunewald wrote:
> Package: install
> Severity: normal

> Hardware: Compaq XP1000, with two SCSI disks 9GB each

> Planned partition:
> sda1 aboot
> sda2 /boot (ext2)
> sda3 / (ext3)
> sda4 /home (ext3)
> sda5 swap
> sdb left empty for future expansions

> Used software: boot.img from ~vorlon, dated Jul 27, size 5408452 bytes
> Boot from DHCP3 server, using 'boot ewa0 -flags ""'
> selected installation: testing from mirror: ftp.de.debian.org

> partition procedure 1:
> - erase disk SCSI2 0,0,0 (sda)
> - Go Back
> - create empty partition tables for sda and sdb
> - create sda1 32MB for use with aboot
> - create sda2 32MB ext2 as /boot
> - automatically partition sdb with separate /home
> --> partition assignment for sda will be lost ("do not use")
> --> no space for aboot
> - re-assigning sda1 and sda2 (incl. setting mount point for sdb2) will=20
>   allow to proceed

> culprit: partitioning of the second disk should never modify previous
>   settings for sda

Auto-partitioning means that you're allowing the system to choose a
fixed partition layout for you.  I don't think it's reasonable to expect
auto-partitioning of /dev/sdb to keep partitions from /dev/sda that use
the same mountpoints.

If you're going to mix&match autopartitioning and manual partitioning,
the autopartitioning needs to be done first.

> partition procedure 2: (single disk)
> - erase disk SCSI2 0,0,0 (sda)
> - Go Back
> - create empty partition tables for sda and sdb
> - create sda1 32MB for use with aboot
> - create sda2 32MB ext2 as /boot
> - create sda[3-5] (automatically or manually, doesn't matter, with
>   settings used by automatic partitioning with /home)
> - will result in part table:
>   #1 32MB aboot
>   #2 32MB ext2 /boot
>   #3 2.5GB ext3 /
>   #4 6.1GB ext3 /home
>   #5 324MB swap swap
> - next step will refuse aboot installation (no space for aboot) and
>   throw me back to partitioning.
> - if I remove sda[3-5] and create these partitions on sdb, everything
>   is fine.

> culprit: single disk installation seems to be impossible if second disk
>   available

The "no space for aboot" error is a subtle busybox bug that should be
fixed in today's daily images.  Please re-open this bug if you find that=20
you're still having problems.

Thanks,
--=20
Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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