Bug#462691: debian-installer: fails to partition hard drives on powermac g5 - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#462691: debian-installer: fails to partition hard drives on powermac g5 - Debian ; Package: installation-reports Boot method: CD Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...pc-netinst.iso Date: 2008-01-26 15:00 UTC+1100 Machine: Apple Powermac G5 Processor: 2×PowerPC Memory: 2 GiB Partitions: n/a, 2×500GB SATA HDDs Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn: n/a Base System Installation Checklist: [O] = ...

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  1. Bug#462691: debian-installer: fails to partition hard drives on powermac g5

    Package: installation-reports

    Boot method: CD
    Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...pc-netinst.iso
    Date: 2008-01-26 15:00 UTC+1100

    Machine: Apple Powermac G5
    Processor: 2×PowerPC
    Memory: 2 GiB
    Partitions: n/a, 2×500GB SATA HDDs

    Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn: n/a

    Base System Installation Checklist:
    [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

    Initial boot: [O]
    Detect network card: [O]
    Configure network: [ ]
    Detect CD: [O]
    Load installer modules: [O]
    Detect hard drives: [O]
    Partition hard drives: [E]
    Install base system: [ ]
    Clock/timezone setup: [ ]
    User/password setup: [ ]
    Install tasks: [ ]
    Install boot loader: [ ]
    Overall install: [ ]

    Comments/Problems:

    * At yaboot prompt, selected 'install64'

    * Not currently connected to network, so DHCP network config failed
    (expected)

    * partman correctly detects existing partitions

    * On re-installing after a failed attempt, partman continues to
    detect partition changes from the previous installation attempt

    * Tried multiple partitioning systems (rebooting after each one
    fails): guided on one disk, guided on a RAID device, guided with LVM
    on one disk, guided with LVM on a RAID device.

    * partman shows generated partition scheme on /dev/foo (where
    /dev/foo is the corresponding disk device being attempted)

    * On selecting "Finish partitioning and write changes to disk",
    partman shows (where /dev/foo_p1 is the first partition device on
    the corresponding disk device):

    Error informing the kernel about modifications to partition
    /dev/foo_p1 -- Invalid argument. This means Linux won't know
    about any changes you made to /dev/foo_p1 until you reboot -- so
    you shouldn't mount it or use it in any way before rebooting.

    ERROR!!!

    * Selecting "Ignore" shows the same dialogue message for all other
    partitions that were generated by partman

    * virtual console 4 shows:

    kernel: ioctl32(parted_server:23148): Unknown cmd fd(9) cmd(41a04403){01} arg(ffa30938) on /dev/foo

    * The partitioning then fails because the filesystems cannot be
    created.

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    Ben Finney

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  2. Bug#462691: debian-installer: fails to partition hard drives on powermac g5

    reassign libparted1.7-1 1.7.1-5.1
    thanks

    On Saturday 26 January 2008, Ben Finney wrote:
    > Machine: Apple Powermac G5

    [...]
    > * virtual console 4 shows:
    > kernel: ioctl32(parted_server:23148): Unknown cmd fd(9)
    > cmd(41a04403){01} arg(ffa30938) on /dev/foo


    This looks like an issue in libparted. It appears to send an invalid command
    to the kernel.

    There are other known issues on G5 systems with recognition of existing
    partitions (see for example #443272), but I've no idea if this is related
    or not.

    Cheers,
    FJP



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  3. Bug#462691: debian-installer: fails to partition hard drives on powermac g5

    reassign 462691 partman-auto
    reassign 462809 partman-auto
    merge 462691 462809
    tags 462691 + help
    thanks

    On Sunday 27 January 2008, Frans Pop wrote:
    > On Saturday 26 January 2008, Ben Finney wrote:
    > > Machine: Apple Powermac G5

    >
    > [...]
    >
    > > * virtual console 4 shows:
    > > kernel: ioctl32(parted_server:23148): Unknown cmd fd(9)
    > > cmd(41a04403){01} arg(ffa30938) on /dev/foo

    >
    > This looks like an issue in libparted. It appears to send an invalid
    > command to the kernel.
    >
    > There are other known issues on G5 systems with recognition of existing
    > partitions (see for example #443272), but I've no idea if this is related
    > or not.


    From information provided in a follow-up installation report (#462809, now
    merged with this report) it looks as if partman-auto may be somehow
    creating an invalid partitioning setup. Reason I suspect this is that using
    the "manual partitioning" option in partman, submitter _was_ able to create
    a valid setup.

    Tracking down this issue will most likely require porter effort, therefore
    tagging help.

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