[fedora-virt] "YOU WILL LOSE ALL DATA ON THIS DRIVE", but the drive is wrong.

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Thu Apr 16 17:41:46 UTC 2009

On Thu, 16 Apr 2009, Mark McLoughlin wrote:

> On Wed, 2009-04-15 at 18:28 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > from earlier, i'm test installing a f11 beta x86_64 guest on a f11
> > beta x86_64 host, and i got to the warning dialog:
> >
> > Error processing drive sda.
> > Maybe it needs to be
> > reinitialized.  YOU WILL LOSE ALL
> >
> >   i can see from this BZ report:
> >
> > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=492082
> >
> > i'm assuming, from what i read there, that this is a normal event and
> > that, for a new (blank) disk image, one should do the initialization,
> > right?
> Yes. It really sucks that we can't remove this warning for this case
> - every single user who creates a virtual machine will see it. And
> it is a wholly terrifying dialog.

  it might be getting overly verbose but what about adding a simple:

  "Note:  For a freshly-created drive, this is perfectly normal."

> >   my only concern is that *my* warning refers to drive "sda"
> > whereas, if i click on the "Details" tab of this VM that i'm
> > creating, it refers to a target device of "hda".  should those two
> > device file designators not match?  because given that my host
> > hard drive has the name "sda", i'm just a wee bit reluctant to
> > click "Initialize" when it seems that virt-manager is confused
> > about what its own hard drive is.
> Computers suck.
> virt-manager says "hda" because we're giving the guest an IDE disk.
> anaconda says "sda" because the Linux SCSI layer is now used for IDE
> disks.
> IMHO "sda" and "hda" are meaningless and have no place in a GUI, but ...

  except *now* it says "vda".  :-)  i'm getting used to it.


OFF-TOPIC:  it *appears* that something just changed in either my
mailer or this mailing list, as i use "alpine" and when i reply to a
post, even when i say i want to reply to *all* recipients, this
mailing list isn't included.

for example, this reply is going to mark, and being Cc'ed to the list,
but i had to add the list CC entry *manually*.  did something on the
list change?  or is my alpine mailer screwed?  anyone here use alpine
and can tell me what's happening?  i'm pretty sure this wasn't
happening before.  sorry for the digression.

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