Common F18 bugs
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== Installation issues ==
== Installation issues ==
Revision as of 02:06, 18 September 2012
This page documents common bugs in Fedora 18 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.
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Installer reformats target disks without warning
In Fedora 18 Alpha, if you select a disk or disks to which to install Fedora in the Installation destination screen and hit 'Continue' at the 'INSTALLATION OPTIONS' dialog without checking Let me review & customize the partitioning of the disks anyway, then complete the installation, the installer will reformat all disks selected without any further warning. There is no option presented to use free space on the disks or resize existing partitions, all existing data on the disks will be lost.
Checking the Let me review & customize the partitioning of the disks anyway box allows you to enter the custom partitioning screen, where you may be able to create a viable layout without destroying existing data. Be aware, however, that the custom partitioning screen is far from complete and known to be buggy. We strongly advise you to install Fedora 18 Alpha only on systems or virtual machines which contain no data of value to you.
This is not the final design of the partitioning process for Fedora 18, and it will be improved for the Beta and Final releases.
Automatic partitioning formats the entire disk
The Anaconda installer for Fedora 18 will format the entire disk unless custom partitioning is selected. This will overwrite any other OS or data partitions installed on the disk. Selecting a custom partition scheme or using the text install mode are workarounds. This issue is expected to be addressed in the Fedora 18 Beta release.