subiquity does not take in account existing partition

Bug #1680245 reported by Michael Hudson-Doyle on 2017-04-05
This bug affects 18 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Michael Hudson-Doyle
subiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

subiquity currently totally ignores the current partitions on the disk. That's probably not ideal.

We should display existing partitions. I think this should be a high priority item.

Changed in subiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
affects: subiquity (Ubuntu) → subiquity
Karl Stenerud (kstenerud) wrote :

This is a showstopper bug for anyone who has existing data partitions. I'm unable to install ubuntu server without destroying my data.

tags: added: rls-bb-incoming
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in subiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

Confirmed; just ran in to this brick wall while trying to install on top of a bcache. This is a fundamental installer feature that is completely missing.

Seems the "workaround" is to install normal desktop ubuntu instead of ubuntu server, as that's the only installer that actually works correctly.

Tom Reynolds (tomreyn) wrote :

You can use the 18.04(.1) alternate server installer if you run into this situation. Also, I think this situation has improved in the 18.04.1 'server-live' (subiquity) installer.

Tom Reynolds (tomreyn) wrote :

I was wrong. the 18.04.1 server-live installer (as well as daily ISOs until today) have not improved upon this (tested on an UEFI booted system only). The alternative (debian-installer based) server installer works fine.

Tuniek (tuniek) wrote :

Why it's not fixed yet?

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

This does seem like a significant shortcoming in the current 18.04 install experience. Let's fix it in 19.04 and it will be available for 18.04 existing install media with a straightforward snap refresh.

It's on the roadmap for 19.04. I'll make sure to update this bug when there is stuff to test via snap refresh!

Hi Michael,

I see this hasn't been released (at least in 19.04.4 which I had on my test install for 19.04); moving to rls-ee-incoming so we keep tracking this feature work.

tags: added: rls-ee-incoming
removed: rls-bb-incoming
Changed in subiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in subiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
tags: removed: rls-ee-incoming
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

This work is currently in progress.

Changed in subiquity:
assignee: nobody → Michael Hudson-Doyle (mwhudson)
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