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FS#6162 - /arch/setup (CVS) cannot Auto-Prepare HDDs smaller than ~8GB

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Dennis Herbrich (gyroplast) - Thursday, 04 January 2007, 15:00 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Installation
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture not specified
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 0.7.2 Gimmick
Due in Version 0.8 Voodoo
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Referring to /arch/setup $Id: setup,v 1.131 2007/01/03 23:04:33 tpowa Exp $

I'm afraid this was deliberate, but I'm not too happy with it; When choosing Auto-Prepare, sfdisk bombs if the HDD cannot accomodate the hardcoded 7.5GB root partition, and the resulting system would be a pain to use if the HDD was just a little larger, as /home would end up being annoyingly small.

I personally use *a lot* of hard disks up to "only" 8GB in size, as anything above 4GB is well enough to be set up as a desktop machine, especially in heavily networked environments, so please reconsider the necessity of this arbitrary enforcement of a minimum HDD size of 10-15GB for installation of a self-proclaimed lean and mean distribution (hint, hint!).

Yes, I know it's possible to avoid this problem by manually partitioning. That's why severity is low. ;)

If you're still convinced splitting / and /home this way during Auto-Prepare is better, I'll modify the documentation accordingly, but to me it seems more sensible to make Auto-Prepare use a less distributed partition layout (ie. only create /boot and /), avoid the size problem altogether, and let users bother about a seperate /home if they *knowingly* choose to.

I'm not going to start a discussion here, it's mostly cosmetical and a matter of taste anyway. "Document or revert" is the question!
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 FS#6031 - 0.8 installation ISO showstoppers 
Closed by  Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Thursday, 04 January 2007, 23:11 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Thursday, 04 January 2007, 18:19 GMT
well adding dialogs with sizes is probably the best way to go here
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Thursday, 04 January 2007, 23:10 GMT
you are now asked for sizes you want to use for /boot swap and / /home takes the rest