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Fedora 11 32-bit Installation from DVD ISO with Custom LVM Layout Crashed

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – Hello, yesterday evening I gave F11 a first try. As install media I used a 32-bit DVD of Fedora 11 one of those which were handed out during LinuxTag/FUDCon 2009 this June in Berlin. I started the installation as I usually do by preparing the LVM layout in advance from a root shell of my running Fedora 10 x86_64. I first created a new 0x8e 10GB partition (by fdisk /dev/sda) on my laptop where I wanted to install F11. After an init 6 into runlevel 3 I created the PV (# pvcreate /dev/sda10), a VG (# vgcreate -s 16m vgfc11 /dev/sda10) and the LVs like this. Code: # lvcreate -l 64 -n lv_root vgfc11 # lvcreate -l 64 -n lv_var vgfc11 # lvcreate -l 32 -n lv_tmp vgfc11 # lvcreate -l 320 -n lv_usr vgfc11 # lvcreate -l 32 -n lv_home vgfc11 # lvcreate -l 16 -n lv_opt vgfc11 # lvcreate -l 16 -n lv_usr_local vgfc11 During my first install attempt I also pre-created ext3 filesystems on the LVs like Code: # vgdisplay -v vgfc11 2>/dev/null | awk '/LV Name/{print$NF}' | xargs -n1 mke2fs -j # vgdisplay -v vgfc11 2>/dev/null | awk '/LV Name/{print$NF}' | xargs -n1 tune2fs -i0 -c0 I usually do these preparations in advance because I find it's easier and quicker than clicking through the partition menu items of the graphical installer or tabbing through the ncurses menus of the text installer. I know, using a prepared custom kickstart file for the installation even would have been more straight forward. But I haven't yet accustomed myself sufficiently with the kickstart "language" or directives. I know that a kickstart file also will be produced from the manual install. So, maybe I should have a glance at it from my previous installations. I then inserted the F11 DVD and booted the installer from it. I selected a custom installation and in the partitioning menu "edited" each precreated LV to specify the respective mount point (and during my 2nd attempt also the filesystem type ext3 and checked the box to have it formatted. In the same manner I selected my swap partition (i.e. /dev/sda6) and selected my separate /boot partition (i.e. /dev/sda1) where I took care to only specify the mount point /boot but no formatting since I wanted the kernels and initrds of my existing OSes to be preserved. (of course had I done a backup copy of my /boot partition beforehand) After having left the partitioning screen I entered the GRUB screen where I left the default settings untouched to have F11's new grub installed to the disk's mbr /dev/sda. Post-install I would have added my pre-existing other OS's menu.lst entries from my /boot backup copy. But then when I left the Grub screen to continue installation I had a Python exception from the installer with a long trace dump in a scroll down window. Because I haven't yet got an account at Bugtracker the offered submission of the produced dump was futile. Although I am from the Perl faction and have no sound Python knowledge I poked around a little in the also offered PDB debugger session to no avail either. Tonight I will attempt another install, this time running my custom LVM layout completely in the F11 installer. Maybe this won't produce the installer crash. But anyway, maybe some of you may have a clue why my usual install method (which had worked up to Fedora 10) did fail? Regards (HowTos)