formatting reiserfs failed in installer

Bug #431976 reported by Steve Beattie on 2009-09-17
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)
xubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ubiquity

Using the xubuntu live cd installer and manual partitioning, attempting to format a separate /var as a reiserfs partition failed with the following message in a popup:

  The ReiserFS file system creation in partition #7 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) failed.

Attaching /var/log/partman.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Thu Sep 17 16:36:42 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
LiveMediaBuild: Xubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Alpha amd64 (20090917)
Package: ubiquity 1.99.21
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-10.34-generic
SourcePackage: ubiquity
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-10-generic x86_64

Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

This is because reiserfsprogs is no longer in standard, but isn't explicitly included on live CDs.

tags: added: regression-potential
Evan (ev) on 2009-09-17
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Erik Ridderby (paddlaren) wrote :

Does this mean that installing on a reiserfs partition will be disabled?

Erik Ridderby (paddlaren) wrote :

I found that reiserfsprogs was not installed on the target system either. The system failed to make fsck uppon boot. Booting on the live-cd, chrooting into the system and installing reiserfsprogs fomr commandpromt solved that problem.

My expectation is that if reiserfs is available as file system in the installer support is installed on the target system.

Evan (ev) wrote :
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

Unfortunately, this is still an issue on the xubuntu livecd, based on the manifest in

Should this be bug in xubuntu-meta instead?

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → In Progress
Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

This is also an issue for the kubuntu livecds as well, based on

Changed in xubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Evan (ev) on 2009-09-30
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubiquity - 1.99.29

ubiquity (1.99.29) karmic; urgency=low

  [ Colin Watson ]
  * Use a separate PROGRESS REGION for each install plugin (LP: #438979).
  * GTK frontend:
    - When switching language, translate other top-level widgets (dialogs)
      and their children, as well as the main notebook pages (LP: #441622).
  * Install a dummy initctl similar to the dummy start-stop-daemon while
    doing anything that might install or remove packages in the target
    system, so that attempts to control Upstart jobs won't do anything.
  * Stop Upstart jobs when switching to runlevel 0 or 6, which I think fixes
    repeated respawns on shutdown (LP: #432140).
  * Save /var/log/installer/debug to the target system if it exists.
  * In the auto-resize bar, use the preferred partition size requested by
    partman-auto/partman-partitioning, rather than hardcoding the maximum
    size or making up our own (LP: #421407).
  * Update imported translations from gtk+2.0 2.18.1-1ubuntu1 (adds Asturian
    and Bengali).
  * Update translations from Launchpad.
  * Automatic update of included source packages: apt-setup 1:0.41ubuntu2,
    console-setup 1.34ubuntu4, flash-kernel 2.13ubuntu12, grub-installer
    1.43ubuntu5, partman-partitioning 72ubuntu2, partman-target 64ubuntu2.

  [ Evan Dandrea ]
  * Port fix for return_to_partitioning from the GTK+ frontend to the
    KDE frontend (LP: #439184).
  * Explicitly depend on reiserfsprogs so that we don't have to add it
    to every live seed (LP: #431976).
  * Write /cdrom/.disk/info to /var/log/installer/media-info
    (LP: #364649).

  [ Roman Shtylman ]
  * Limit width of side breadcumbs in kde for long translation text.
    Using elided text where needed (LP: #438918)

 -- Colin Watson <email address hidden> Tue, 06 Oct 2009 18:39:54 +0100

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
tags: added: iso-testing
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