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Bug 1990 - Linuxconf refuses to allow /dev/hde as boot device for LILO
Summary: Linuxconf refuses to allow /dev/hde as boot device for LILO
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: linuxconf
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-04-04 23:55 UTC by Adam Thompson
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-04-08 19:16:58 UTC

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Description Adam Thompson 1999-04-04 23:55:51 UTC
Linuxconf refuses to allow /dev/hde as boot device for LILO.

Under Config->Boot Mode->Lilo->LILO defaults, simply
bringing up the dialog and selecting Accept (with "Install
boot sector on" *alreay* set to /dev/hde) produces the
following error:

"Invalid partition or device for boot sector installation"

Unfortunately, I really do boot off /dev/hde -- it's a
Promise Ultra/33 IDE PCI controller card.
Apparently /dev/hd[a-d] are reserved for ide0/1, DESPITE
the fact the the onboard CMD640 interface is turned off in
the BIOS.  [Despite being turned off, the PCI bus scan
still finds it.]

Anyway, based on what I can figure out, there must be
something hardcoded to prevent anything beyond /dev/hd[a-d]
from beins used.  Running and configuring LILO by hand
for /dev/hde works just fine.  Incidentally, the RH5.9
installer also dealt with /dev/hde correctly.  Just
linuxconf that breaks :-(

Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 1999-04-05 20:22:59 UTC
Added Jacques to CC line

Comment 2 Michael K. Johnson 1999-04-05 20:38:59 UTC
Jacques, what would you think about changing this from an error
to a warning message?  We still want to warn "Joe Average" that
/dev/hdb is not a very good place to put a master boot record,
as a general rule, but a warning would suffice, and would let
folks like this use their relatively unusual configurations
without linuxconf getting in their way...

------- Email Received From  Jacques Gelinas <> 04/06/99 22:57 -------

Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 1999-04-08 19:16:59 UTC
Should be fixed in 1.14r3

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