Common F19 bugs
This page documents common bugs in Fedora 19 and, if available, fixes or workarounds for these problems. If you find your problem in this page, do not file a bug for it, unless otherwise instructed. Where appropriate, a reference to the current bug(s) in Bugzilla is included.
My bug is not listed
Not every bug is listed in this page, but Bugzilla should be a comprehensive database of known bugs. This page is a sampling of the bugs most commonly discussed on our mailing lists and forums.
To see if your bug has already been reported, you can search Bugzilla. If it has not yet been reported, we encourage you to do so to help improve Fedora for yourself and others. A guide to Bugs and feature requests has been prepared to assist you.
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Installer screens sometimes do not appear at full screen width
Sometimes when you visit a screen in the Fedora 19 Beta installer (a 'spoke') more than once, it will display incorrectly - it will be squeezed into an area less than the full width of the screen, and sometimes less than the full height also. We have been attempting to fix this bug for a while but it is a difficult one to pin down.
Usually you can still use the screen in the reduced size version, though it may look very strange. If you get completely stuck, though, you will unfortunately be required to reboot and restart the installation process. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sadly, we were unable to resolve this issue ahead of the final release of Fedora 19. We were unable to diagnose the cause of the issue, so without any idea how long it might take to fix or how difficult the fix may be, we could not consider adjusting the release schedule. We will attempt to make sure the issue is fixed for the release of Fedora 20.
Intel firmware RAID-1+ sets not visible in live installer
Fedora 19 testing indicates that Intel firmware RAID sets at level 1 and higher (so not level 0) fail to appear as potential target devices in the installer when running from a live image. They appear as normal when installing from a non-live image (the DVD or network installer).
This issue appears to be caused by mdmon failing to start or being killed during the live image start up. It may be possible to work around it by starting mdmon manually prior to running the installer. The other 'workaround' for the issue is simply to install from the DVD or network install image rather than a live image if you wish to install to an affected firmware RAID device.
Problems with Installation Source and Installation Destination spokes when installing from a partially complete kickstart
If you attempt to install Fedora 19 using a partially-complete kickstart - in particular, a kickstart which specifies a package set but no installation source or destination - you will find that the interactive process for setting those options behaves strangely. On the Installation Source spoke, you may not be able to use the default Closest mirror option. If you are affected by this problem, you can manually enter the URL of the Fedora 19 mirror list, and check the This URL refers to a mirror list. box. The URLs for the 64-bit and 32-bit mirror lists are
The Installation Destination spoke appears to require you to complete it multiple times to complete configuration: each time it will set another element of the configuration. Even after doing this, you may find a bootloader target disk is not selected. To set one, first enter the Full disk summary and bootloader... screen and select not to install a bootloader, and complete the spoke once again. Then complete the spoke one more time, this time selecting the correct target disk for the bootloader, and the configuration should now be complete.
As these issues take some effort to work around, it may be a better idea simply to use a complete kickstart, or at least one which specifies an installation source and destination. The Anaconda/Kickstart page should help you with the required syntax.
Storage devices without media show as 0-byte partitions and can crash the installer
Several testers have reported an unusual case with certain storage devices in the Fedora 19 installer. Some devices report themselves to the kernel as drives with 'no media present'. Identified cases so far include an Android-based phone when plugged into the system but not set in USB storage mode, and a few types of card reader when no card is inserted.
If such a device is present during installation, it will not be shown in the 'Installation Destination' screen's list of disks, but if you enter the custom partitioning mode, the device will appear as a single 0-byte partition. If you attempt to manipulate this partition in any way, the installer may crash with an error AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'type' .
There are two obvious workarounds for this issue. In most cases it should be possible simply to disconnect the offending device: there is no need to connect your phone or external card reader during installation. If the offending device is not easily removable, you can simply leave the bogus 0-byte 'partition' entirely alone, and your installation should proceed successfully.
UEFI install to ms-dos ('MBR') labelled disk fails with unclear errors
As veterans of the Fedora 16 release may remember, there are two commonly-used 'disk label' or 'partition table' formats known as 'gpt' and 'ms-dos' or 'mbr'.
Fedora 19's installer effectively requires that native UEFI installations be performed to a disk with the 'gpt' format (in fact, it requires that the EFI system partition be on such a disk). In fact, this is not a requirement of the official UEFI specification: it leaves open the possibility of an EFI system partition residing on an ms-dos labelled disk, though it is possible that some firmwares may not support such a configuration.
In any case, if you attempt to do a native UEFI install of Fedora 19 such that the EFI system partition will reside on an ms-dos labelled disk, this will fail. You are likely get an error of the form you have not created a bootloader stage1 target device, possibly with the note that the volume backing the EFI system partition must have one of the following disklabel types: gpt. You may also observe unusual behaviour on the Reclaim space screen, if you use it in your installation attempt. Note that you can encounter this error message even when installing to a gpt-labelled disk if you use custom partitioning and fail to correctly configure an EFI system partition: when doing a UEFI install you must include a partition of the 'EFI system partition' type, and mount it at the path /boot/efi.
We have found that there appear to be some systems 'in the wild' with existing native UEFI operating system installations to an ms-dos labelled drive. Unfortunately, this bug means you cannot install Fedora 19 in a dual-boot configuration to the same drive as such an operating system. You would need to install to a second drive in order to dual boot.
If you wish to do a native UEFI installation of Fedora 19, it must be to a gpt-labelled disk, or you must configure your installation such that all existing partitions on the disk on which the EFI system partition will reside will be deleted (doing this will cause the installer to reformat it with a gpt disk label). Note that it is not possible to change the label format of a disk in a non-destructive way: it requires a complete re-format.
For Fedora 20, we intend to revise the installer to handle this situation in a better way. We apologize for any inconvenience it causes.
USB stick from which install is running appears as a possible install target
In some circumstances, when you are installing Fedora 19 from a USB stick, the stick itself will show up as a possible 'target disk' on the Installation Destination screen where you choose which disk(s) to install onto. This is not intended to happen. It is not possible to install to the USB stick from which the installation is running: if you attempt to do this, the installation will fail. Naturally, therefore, we recommend you simply avoid selecting the stick on this screen.
Reboot after non-live install often delayed for a minute or so
After successfully completing an installation of Fedora 19 from the DVD or network installation media, you will see a button to Reboot. Sometimes, after you click this, the system will appear to hang at a console. In fact, the reboot process is just delayed; if you leave it for a minute or two, the system will reboot correctly. We do recommend you wait it out to avoid any possibility of filesystem damage, rather than forcing a reset.
'Selected' state for disks is indicated with a small and easily missed check mark
On the installer screen where you choose which disks will be used for Fedora 19 installation, disks that are selected as installation targets are marked with a fairly small black check mark in the lower right hand corner; disks that are not selected do not have the check mark.
This has been changed since Fedora 18, when disks that were selected were highlighted in blue, and now the blue highlight simply means the UI element is selected. So if you click on a disk that was previously selected as an install target, then you have just de-selected it - so the check mark goes away - but the UI element is active, so it is highlighted in blue.
Add to this that if you only have a single hard disk it will be pre-selected as an install target when you enter the page, and it has become clear that this design is confusing people. Many users have entered the screen and clicked to 'select' their single disk - in fact de-selecting it, because it was already selected, but not noticing the mistake.
Please be aware that the check mark not the blue highlight indicates the disks selected as targets. We will endeavour to improve this interface before the release of Fedora 20.
Bootloader password is required on each boot
If you set a bootloader password during installation of Fedora 19 (which is only possible when doing a kickstart-based install), the password will be required at each boot of the system. This is a change in behaviour from Fedora 15 and earlier, where the password was required only to change settings from within the bootloader.
Lawrence Lowe suggests that the --unrestricted parameter can be added to menuentry lines in the grub config file to make them available without the password being entered.
Non-GNOME initial setup utility does not warn of failure to create a user account
In Fedora 19, the new initial-setup utility (shown after a graphical install with any desktop other than GNOME if you do not create a user account during installation) does not present any kind of warning if you leave it without having created a user account. Thus it is relatively easy to arrive at a graphical login screen without any user accounts available.
The old utility would allow you to skip user account creation, but required you to click through a warning in order to do so, to ensure no-one did it inadvertently. This is also how initial-setup should behave.
We have tested that the desktops for which the new tool is used - KDE, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Sugar - all allow login as root, so this bug should not present any major roadblocks to accessing the installed system. However, if you do install without creating a user account, we strongly advise that you log in as root only in order to create a user account, and then immediately log out and in future always log in as the user account. Using a graphical desktop with root privileges can increase your vulnerability to remote attack, to simple mistakes having severe consequences, and to bugs caused by software not expecting to be run with root privileges.
This issue does not affect the GNOME initial setup utility: in fact, that utility will not allow you to skip user account creation at all.
Boot hangs when using NVIDIA discrete graphics on some Thinkpad models (W520, T420)
Multiple testers have reported that various Thinkpad models - including at least the W520 and T420 - that have hybrid Intel/NVIDIA graphics will fail to boot Fedora 19 when using the discrete NVIDIA graphics adapter. Using the onboard Intel adapter, Fedora will boot successfully.
Further testing indicates that this bug is an interaction between several features of these systems and of Fedora: the VT-d advanced virtualization feature, the X2APIC level APIC, and the NVIDIA adapter. If all three of these things are used together, boot fails. If any one is removed from the equation, boot succeeds.
So if you are affected by this bug, you can choose to boot with any two of those things, but not all three together. You can disable the VT-d feature and select which graphics adapter to use through the system firmware. You can disable X2APIC functionality by passing the kernel parameter nox2apic. In this way, you should be able to determine which of the features you want to use.
The kernel developers plan to address this issue in a future kernel update by blacklisting X2APIC functionality on affected systems, when the NVIDIA adapter is in use.
System fails to start correctly (due to qxl driver crash) when booting Fedora 19 Beta as a virtual guest on a RHEL 6 or 7 host
It has been reported that the
driver in Fedora 19 crashes during X startup when trying to boot a Fedora 19 Beta image in a virtual guest configured with qxl/SPICE graphics on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or 7 (pre-release) host. This likely affects earlier versions of RHEL 6, clones of RHEL 6 such as CentOS, and possibly very old (and unsupported) Fedora releases as well.
To work around this issue, configure your guest to use cirrus/VNC or vga/VNC instead of qxl/SPICE. This is really a bug on the host side rather than the guest side, and updates for RHEL should be made available soon after Fedora 19's release that should resolve this problem.
X may crash when using the qxl driver in a Fedora 19 virtual machine on a Fedora 19 host
Some testers have reported X.org crashes in Fedora 19 KVM virtual machines running on Fedora 19 hosts when using the qxl graphics driver. The issue seems to be triggered by a resolution change in the guest, but some testers have observed it happening during an installation from the KDE live image: we are not yet sure why. This issue does not seem to affect all testers, and seems to affect some worse than others.
If you find yourself suffering from this issue, there are a couple of possible workarounds. You can configure your virtual machine to use the cirrus video adapter rather than qxl and the VNC display method rather than SPICE (though this may cause issues with GNOME Shell), or you can use the Basic graphics mode option from the Fedora 19 bootloader menu (or simply pass the parameter nomodeset on the kernel command line).
An updated xorg-x11-drv-qxl package has been submitted to the updates-testing repository for testing. Users experiencing this problem are encouraged to test this update and report to Bodhi whether it solves the problem. To test the update, run this command:
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update xorg-x11-drv-qxl'and then reboot the guest system. Of course, this will not be useful for the initial installation of a Fedora 19 virtual machine: for that phase, try one of the workarounds mentioned above.
Crash when GNOME introductory video attempts to play
When a user logs into GNOME 3.8 (as included in Fedora 19) for the first time, a short introductory video is intended to play. Fedora 19 testing has indicated that, sometimes, there is a crash, and the video fails to play. On first login to a user account, you may notice a crash report for the /usr/libexec/gnome-initial-setup-player process. Aside from the crash report and the failure of the video to play, this bug appears to have no further consequences. We have not yet identified the circumstances under which the crash occurs.
"Updates available" notification runs online updater
Fedora 18 introduced a feature called offline system updates. Its description suggests that 'offline' updates - updates performed across a system reboot - are now the default method for graphical updating in Fedora 18 and later, at least when using GNOME. However, the feature's implementation is still somewhat incomplete: GNOME will still pop up notifications of available updates, and if you click on these notifications as you are encouraged to do, the 'online' update process (updates installed within the running system) will be launched.
This is not a major bug - the online update system still works, and while there are valid reasons why offline updates are slightly more robust, online updates are what Fedora used from Fedora Core 1 through Fedora 17 so there is no pressing reason to believe the use of online updates will be a disaster. Both mechanisms perform as intended in Fedora 19, and you can use the online update mechanism as safely in Fedora 19 as you ever did in a previous Fedora release. This note is included simply to explain the situation, in case you are confused as to what's going on.
If you want to trigger an offline update, use the "Install Updates and Restart" entry on the User menu.
Several x-caja-desktop windows pop up on login to MATE desktop
Sometimes (the bug is due to a race condition and hence unpredictable), on boot of the Fedora 19 MATE live image or first login with a user account to the MATE desktop, several useless windows labelled x-caja-desktop will open up on the desktop.
The bug has no further consequences and it is quite safe to simply close the windows and continue using the system. The MATE maintainer is currently working to resolve this issue with updated packages.
X crashes on Fedora 19 32-bit VirtualBox guests with Guest Additions installed
Several testers have reported that if you install a 32-bit edition of Fedora 19 to a VirtualBox virtual machine and install the Guest Additions, X will no longer start up successfully.
Please note that Fedora does not officially support or recommend the use of the VirtualBox platform. A fix for this issue is unlikely to come from the Fedora project, but the VirtualBox developers may address it in future releases. To work around the issue, do not install the Guest Additions, or install a 64-bit edition of Fedora 19 rather than a 32-bit edition.