Ibnstall Eats Swap Partitions On Non-Installation Drives

Robert L Cochran cochranb at speakeasy.net
Tue Nov 11 03:25:10 UTC 2003

This is an issue I've brought up before: if you have 2 Linux distros on 
2 separate drives, the Fedora Core installer will honor your choice of 
which drive to install to, but it will format and then use the swap 
partition on the drive(s) you are not installing to.

I have been told there are "legitimate reasons" for destroying the swap 
partition that belongs to another distro, but no one on the forums has 
given me a list of those "legitimate reasons". I fail to see any 
legitimacy to it whatsoever. There is just not a good reason. Anaconda 
ought to be changed to stop this behaviour, and also it should not 
attempt to add swap partitions from other distros to /etc/fstab.

*If you don't want the swap partitions on other hard drives wiped out 
when you install Fedora Core, be very careful to review the drive 
partitioning and check the 'preserve data' option that Disk Druid 
displays. And then before booting your new system, find some way to edit 
/etc/fstab to prevent those partitions from being mounted.

Bob Cochran
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

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