no clear indication that format has been selected

Bug #1773610 reported by Scott Cowles Jacobs on 2018-05-27
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
calamares (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

 1. Select manual partitioning
 2. Select a partition
 3. Click "Edit"
 4. Click the "Format" radio button
 5. Click "OK"
 6. Note anywhere that formatting is mentioned
 7. Select the partition
 8. Click "Edit"
 9. Click the "Format" radio button
10. Click "OK"

 * The main screen would have a column showing whether or not formatting has been selected
 * The "Format" radio button would be selected in the dialog upon further edits
 * In the summary screen, formatting is only done once

 * The main screen shows no information about whether or not formatting is to occur
 * The "Keep" radio button is selected in the dialog upon further edits
 * In the summary screen, formatting is shown twice

calamares 3.2.0-1 - 3.2.4-0ubuntu3
18.10 - 19.04

As of the 2018-07-12 .iso,

( newer calamares 3.2.1-1 and
the same partitionmanager 3.3.1-2 )

the situation is the same.

[In case calamares-settings-lubuntu is involved,
the original version was 2, and the current = 7. ]

Simon Quigley (tsimonq2) on 2018-07-16
summary: - "Format" partiton edit option appears to keep reverting to "Keep"
+ "Format" partition edit option appears to keep reverting to "Keep"

As of the Beta release (03/26) of Lubuntu 19.04, the same thing occurs.

calamares 3.2.4-0ubuntu1
calamares-settings-lubuntu 1:19.04.3
calamares-settings-ubuntu-common 1:19.04.3
partitionmanager 3.3.1-5

Chris Guiver (guiverc) wrote :

I noted somewhat similar behavior in where I say
"I noticed what appeared (twice at that stage) where I'd selected "format" a partition, when I re-entered the partition [settings] it seemed to show "keep". I was re-opening to explore that before seeing if I was mistaken, or it is an issue when the calamares installer disappeared off screen (crash)."

Exploring this further today (daily image 20190407) has been problematic with calamares regularly crashing. Installed on my system (d780) is a prior QA full-disk install so only a single partition.

If I enter manual-partition, select the sda1, select 'edit', choose content: 'format' mount.point: "/" with flags:"boot" then click okay to go back to partitions overview, when I re-enter sda1 i would expect it to still say 'format' but instead it says "keep".

I can change it again, if it doesn't crash on exit (which currently occurs more often than not), it'll return back to "keep" if I get back in to check the status.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in calamares (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Chris Guiver (guiverc) wrote :

I also noted in

Lubuntu 19.04 Manual Partitioning Install
Daily Image : 20190326.1

On selecting a pre-existing partition, I have the option of 'keep' or 'format'. I'm trying to 'format' my / partition so I select format. I'm happy with settings (have selected / as mount point, 'format' & 'boot' as option) so I exit to select next partition (say my /home).

I however decide to go back & check my / partition which should be 'format', but when I re-enter it, I find it's set to 'keep'. I've tried this many times (only today's ISO) and have discovered the same nearly each time. It could be it flips to 'keep' whenever you enter; but given I've set it to 'format' I'd expect it to say 'format'.

I was exploring this when I had the crash that caused this bug report, but have since rebooted and the 'format' is being flipped to 'keep' I'm convinced (though if you enter many times, it seems to stop flipping??)

Walter Lapchynski (wxl) on 2019-04-10
Changed in calamares (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Walter Lapchynski (wxl) on 2019-04-14
summary: - "Format" partition edit option appears to keep reverting to "Keep"
+ no clear indication that format has been selected
Changed in calamares (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
description: updated
Walter Lapchynski (wxl) on 2019-04-14
Changed in calamares (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → Low
Changed in calamares:
status: Unknown → New
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