[Bug 987418] Re: manual partitioner: /dev/sdb (installation media) selected by default as device for boot loader installation

Colin Watson cjwatson at canonical.com
Tue Sep 4 11:59:44 UTC 2012

I've finally managed to reproduce this (with the aid of some fairly
arcane kvm options: -hda t.img -usb -drive file=precise-
desktop-i386.iso,if=none,id=b,boot=on -device usb-storage,drive=b).
Embarrassingly, it's a case of missing parentheses.

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  manual partitioner: /dev/sdb (installation media) selected by default
  as device for boot loader installation

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Bug description:
  Precise Desktop 20120423

  During a side by side installation with an existing Ubuntu Precise on the system, with the manual partitioner from a usb stick, the selected device for boot loader installation was set to /dev/sdb by default (installation media)
  If the user doesn't pay attention to the selected value, the end of the installation will fail.

  When grub fails to install on /dev/sdb, it shows a dialog to select
  another device. I choose /dev/sda, it installs without a failure but
  I'm dropped to a grub prompt on reboot.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
  Package: ubiquity 2.10.16
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-23.36-generic 3.2.14
  Uname: Linux 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu5
  Architecture: amd64
  CasperVersion: 1.315
  Date: Mon Apr 23 19:01:48 2012
  InstallCmdLine: file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash -- maybe-ubiquity
  LiveMediaBuild: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64+mac (20120423)
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  SourcePackage: grub-installer
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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