Installer Crashed while partitioning

Bug #82896 reported by Namco on 2007-02-02
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ubiquity

While trying to install Ubuntu on a 186GB USB 2.0 drive (sdb), the installer crashes when trying to automatically partition the disk. I have also tried partitioning in Windows using Partition Magic and partitioning manually in the Ubuntu setup to select the partitions and it works fine until it goes to install the boot loader, then crashes. The attached reports are after I setup the partitions in Partition Magic and got really far.

My goal is to have the OS and bootloader installed on the USB disk. BIOS is setup to boot from USB first, and hard disk second, so when I want to boot into Linux, I just switch on the external USB drive and reboot.

Below is the error message, with the partman log attached.

Namco (gamehulk) wrote :

Installer crashed
Installer crashed

We're sorry; the installer crashed. Please file a new bug report at (do not attach your details to any existing bug) and a developer will attend to the problem as soon as possible. To help the developers understand what went wrong, include the following detail in your bug report, and attach the files /var/log/syslog and /var/log/partman:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/ubiquity", line 166, in ?
  File "/usr/bin/ubiquity", line 161, in main
  File "/usr/bin/ubiquity", line 57, in install
    ret =
  File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/", line 305, in run
  File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/", line 856, in process_step
  File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/", line 628, in progress_loop
    raise RuntimeError, ("Install failed with exit code %s\n%s" %
RuntimeError: Install failed with exit code 1
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/ubiquity/", line 1404, in ?
  File "/usr/share/ubiquity/", line 385, in run
  File "/usr/share/ubiquity/", line 1163, in configure_bootloader
    raise InstallStepError(
InstallStepError: GrubInstaller failed with code 1

Namco (gamehulk) wrote :


description: updated
Namco (gamehulk) on 2007-02-02
description: updated
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

"(sdg)" isn't a legal GRUB device name; you probably meant "/dev/sdg" instead. Bug 90575 reports the lack of validation here.

Hi Colin,

I did not snag this. See

Chris Aitken

On 21/03/07, Colin Watson <email address hidden> wrote:
> *** This bug is a duplicate of bug 90575 ***
> "(sdg)" isn't a legal GRUB device name; you probably meant "/dev/sdg"
> instead. Bug 90575 reports the lack of validation here.
> ** This bug has been marked a duplicate of bug 90575
> MASTER: need further sanity checking on grub device names
> --
> Installer Crashed while partitioning

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