Force UEFI dialog is confusing

Bug #1444104 reported by Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre on 2015-04-14
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ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The "Force UEFI Install" warning that shows up when installing in UEFI mode on a system booted in Legacy mode (and in other cases), is worded confusingly given the choices presented to the user "Go Back" and "Continue".

Continue appears to add /var/lib/partman/ignore_uefi which causes further scripts trying to do EFI things to not do them --

Go Back appears to correctly go back to the recipe selection screen, but further attempts would be EFI again.

I'm thinking this should be reversed so that "Continue" would be "Continue in UEFI mode" and not write out /var/lib/partman/ignore_uefi, and "Go Back" to "Start over in Legacy mode" or some other such wording.

Related branches

Since this is already confusing, attaching a screenshot of the actual message and buttons.

Phillip Susi (psusi) wrote :

Don't forget that more important than the wording is the fact that the buttons themselves don't respond and the window is hung, if you don't click on them within a few seconds.

That's only because it was being called very much at the wrong time because of another issue; I think this would be properly fixed by the partman-auto change.

What this is meant to handle is just the fact that if you click Continue, the system will skip UEFI steps in partman-efi, and Go Back will just get you back to the partitioning scheme selection so you can go see that same dialog again next time you try.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubiquity - 2.21.22

ubiquity (2.21.22) vivid; urgency=medium

  * Automatic update of included source packages: partman-efi 62ubuntu2,
    user-setup 1.48ubuntu5.
  * debian/ubiquity.templates: add a string for "Continue in UEFI mode".
  * ubiquity/plugins/ Fix up the buttons for the non_efi_system
    question to use the new string for UEFI mode.
  * ubiquity/plugins/ try to reverse the meaning of the debconf
    partman-efi/non_efi_system question so that "Continue in UEFI mode" will
    actually really mean continuing with setting up an EFI System Partition
    and "Go Back" will properly return to the partitioning scheme selection
    page and allow to try again without an ESP. (LP: #1444104)
 -- Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre <email address hidden> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:27:08 -0500

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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