In partitioner 'select something else' deleting and adding a partition causes crash

Bug #1240794 reported by Phill Whiteside on 2013-10-17
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Release Notes for Ubuntu
Undecided
Andy Whitcroft
ubiquity (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned

Bug Description

=== Release notes text ===

When deleting and recreating partitions in manual partitioning where the disk has many partitions the installer may hang when attempting to mark the partition to be formatted. Resetting and restarting the install will allow the installation to be completed.

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Attemptin a side by side install after using auto-resize (i.e. manual) Selecting "Something Else" then deleting the partion I wanted to re-use and returning it to free space. Then selected it and selected it to be used as "/" (other defaults left as is e.g. ext4...) When I then selected the swap partition to be used as swap. the installer crashed with the above attached details. This happened twice on the row; hence my raising it as a bug.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.10
Package: ubiquity 2.15.26
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-12.19-generic 3.11.3
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-12-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.12.5-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
CasperVersion: 1.336ubuntu1
Date: Thu Oct 17 04:00:10 2013
InstallCmdLine: file=/cdrom/preseed/lubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash --
LiveMediaBuild: Lubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" - Release amd64 (20131016.1)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: ubiquity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Phill Whiteside (phillw) wrote :
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:
http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/reports/bugs/1240794

tags: added: iso-testing
Phill Whiteside (phillw) wrote :

Using alternate installer, when offered the option to do things manually, I was able to delete the partition back to free-space and then re-allocate it. (I did this just to check I was not going daft after many hours of ISO testing!). It is a ubiquity issue and not a partioner problem.

Phill Whiteside (phillw) wrote :

forgot to add, I also told it to use the existing swap partition as swap.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Indeed, the crash is in ubiquity's tree model code for partitioning, which also strongly suggests a bug at the UI layer.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2013-10-17
summary: - In partioner 'select something else' deleteing and adding a partition
+ In partitioner 'select something else' deleteing and adding a partition
causes crash
summary: - In partitioner 'select something else' deleteing and adding a partition
+ In partitioner 'select something else' deleting and adding a partition
causes crash
Andy Whitcroft (apw) wrote :

I believe this can be reproduced taking a previously 'side-by-side' install as a base point:

1) Boot the installer with this as your existing disk,
2) Select the 'Something else' partition option,
3) Delete the root partition for the 'second' install (which for me is the first extended partition on the disk) by hitting '-',
4) Recreate this partition exactly as offered, selecting '/' as its mount point by hitting '+',
5) Attempt to tick the 'format' tickable.

Ubiquity will stop responding and you should find the python oops in /var/log/installer/debug.

Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2013-10-17
Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
status: New → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Andy Whitcroft (apw)
Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2013-10-17
description: updated
description: updated
Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2013-10-17
Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
jackie mayo (rowdyboy321) wrote :

i did same thing as above, in partition tables, it don't work for bug1307994, how do i get the fix? is download possible? i have spent several hrs trying to get past this bug. thanks for any help with this. and i agree it is in the development process.

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