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Bug 153634 - Installer should not insist on repartitioning
Summary: Installer should not insist on repartitioning
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Release Media
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Installer (show other bugs)
Hardware: AMD64 Linux
: High major (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Linux Installer
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-10-31 17:58 UTC by Chris Carlin
Modified: 2006-12-31 03:44 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Chris Carlin 2006-10-31 17:58:07 UTC
The graphical installer fails because it can't repartition my drive (I have an "unknown" partition that I can't change for other reasons), but this drive is already properly partitioned for a gentoo installation. If the user asked for nothing that would involve repartitioning (deleting, adding, or resizing), why do it? 

It's reasonable to assume that many users using this installation method have partitions ready.
Comment 1 Matthew Kasa (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-10-31 21:46:56 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 146600 ***
Comment 2 Chris Carlin 2006-11-01 04:26:41 UTC
This is NOT a duplicate of #14660. #14660 is a report that the installer crashed upon seeing an unknown partition. It was resolved as not a bug since this was the intended behavior upon seeing an unknown partition.

THIS is a bug report about the behavior of the partitioner that has absolutely nothing to do with invalid partitions or failures. This is a report that the partitioner should not partition a disk that doesn't need to be partitioned.

Perhaps I should have been more clear in my original report. By mixing motivation for the report with the report itself I may have given the impression that this was about a failing installer; it's not.
Comment 3 Andrew Gaffney (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-12-16 19:58:12 UTC
This is a moot point now. The installer will not continue past the partitioning screen if there are 'unknown' partitions.
Comment 4 Chris Carlin 2006-12-16 21:49:13 UTC
No, it's not a moot point, as this bug had nothing to do with the installer failing sooner or later.

This is a bug about the partitioner involving itself with the installation process when there was no partitioning to be done in the first place. With regard to this bug the functionality is equally flawed whether it bails out now or later.

To restate it as clearly as I can: if the disk doesn't need partitioning at all, the installer shouldn't even think about partitioning, whether partitioning will be possible, or when to bail out if partitioning can't be done. 

Reopening as this bug has not been addressed in any way. Geez.
Comment 5 Andrew Gaffney (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-12-16 22:51:04 UTC
I don't care. I'm still not fixing it. The upcoming release will be the last one that does partitioning this way, so I've really stopped caring.
Comment 6 Chris Carlin 2006-12-17 01:10:23 UTC
I love your customer service skills.

If you're not going to fix it that's one thing; but to state an incorrect reason for not fixing it is simply sloppy and inappropriate.
Comment 7 Matthew Kasa (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-12-17 02:51:47 UTC
"customer" implies when you start paying agaffney to develop an installer, you can criticize him, call what he does sloppy and inappropriate, but not one single moment before that.
Comment 8 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-12-31 03:37:59 UTC
*** Bug 159549 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Brandon Sharitt 2006-12-31 03:44:29 UTC
From reading the comments of this bug we have reason #783784378324 why Linux will remain a niche operating system, a serious data destroying bug doesn't affect the developer personally, so it can wait for some other release.

Resubmitting bug an indefinite number of times.