Installation with RAID setup always results in "kernel was unable to re-read partition table"

Bug #305500 reported by coCoKNIght on 2008-12-05
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
debian-installer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In Ubuntu 8.10 Server and alternate. When you try to install Ubuntu with a RAID (tested with RAID 1) setup, when writing changes to disk the following warning appears:
[!] Partition disks
The kernel was unable to re-read the partition table on /dev/md0 (Invalid argument). This means Linux won't know anything about the modifications you made until you reboot. You should reboot your computer before doing anything with /dev/md0.
<Go Back> <Continue>
When rebooting the system the same message will come again, but continuing anyway resulted in an operational RAID and Ubuntu instalation.

Aditional information:
I've tested this with SATA HDDs and I think they're unfortunately on the same bus.

marco.pallotta (marco-pallotta) wrote :

The same thing happens in the alternate cd of Hardy Heron x86_64 8.04.2. In 8.04.1 the issue was not present.

DaveAbrahams (boostpro) wrote :

This is an old, old, old bug. It may have hidden for a few releases, but I guess now it's back. Details from as far back as 2006 can be found here:
and a *patch* to fix it is here:

According to old postings of mine that I dug up, I already reported this bug here at launchpad, but I'm unable to find my report now.

I see it in Ubuntu Server 8.10 on a Dell Vostro 220 with two SATA drives. (I don't know how they're bussed, they are sda and sdb.)

Changed in debian-installer:
status: New → Confirmed
Micheal Waltz (ecliptik) wrote :

Happens with Ubuntu Server 10.04 beta as well, error message in attached screen shot. This is a HP BL460 G6 blade with RAID 1+0 setup through a HP Smart Array P410i controller.

Juanjo Presa (juanjop) wrote :

Finally i have found a line that suppress that annoying message during installation. Tested in Ubuntu 8.04.4.

partman-base partman/exception_handler_note note


To post a comment you must log in.
This report contains Public information  Edit
Everyone can see this information.

Other bug subscribers

Related questions