WARNING custom partition, and install dangerous in 19.04

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WARNING custom partition, and install dangerous in 19.04

Post by Chris » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:21 pm

This may be better posted in Feedback. But it seemed appropriate here.
I have recently attempted 2 installs from the 19.04 live image/dvd. Both have failed in performing custom partitioning on a drive with another OS on it.
It appeared to have nothing to do with the other OS being there. For example; I select unused space on the (new 1TB w/GPT layout) drive, select create. Am presented with the default type of BOOT, I choose size 200Mb, and mount point none, then OK. After which, it shows the 200Mb BOOT partition, but the remaining (735Gb) space is NOT shown. So it is not possible to create (at least) the root, and swap partitions.
I gave up, and bounced the box to try again. Second attempt was the same experience. So I took the chance of selecting AUTO. Examined the results, which looked reasonable, and said OK. It moved on to Admin/User creation and then began the install. But while the activity in the dialog was moving along as one would expect. There was no disk drive activity. So I performed a CRTL+ALT+F1, and discovered it was complaining about "error no room left on device". Err, what?! This is a C2D@2.5GHz w/4GB RAM, and a 1TB SATA disk. What gives?
Well I performed a ^C in that window to terminate the failed script(s). Then a CTRL+ALT+F2, logged in as root, and issued a halt -p.
Started the system, where I was greeted with a (GhostBSD) mount root problem. Which is another problem of it's own. As this system already has a EFI partition at the beginning of the drive where the new GhostBSD install would have been detected, and listed as an optional bootable system (assuming it had installed correctly).
My problem here is that none of these issues were located in the change log(s) for this release. In fact, it was indicated that this issue was in 18.xx, and had been addressed in this release -- I beg to differ. :(
I might also note, that this is apparently not a *BSD issue, as I was able to install both the current version of MidnightBSD, and FreeBSD 12.xx without th(is|ese) problem(s).
These issues are IMHO pretty serious, and should be (conspicuously) noted in the install, and release notes/entries.

Any recommendations sincerely appreciated!

P.S. I was (at least) able to fix the EFI partition.

Thanks again.

--Chris

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Re: WARNING custom partition, and install dangerous in 19.04

Post by Chris » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:37 pm

OK decided to attempt an install from another direction. This time to a separate (empty) external disk.
Results were grim. It attempted some unusual commands given my request

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Running: zpool labelclear -f /dev/da0
failed to read label from /dev/da0
on a GPT/UFS setup/install?
Well, anyway. It did complete creating writing the partitions, but ultimately failed on formatting the file systems. :(
Why are the install routines/scripts failing so miserably, and consistently?

Please find attached, the pc-sysinstall.log from this (attempted) install session.

Thanks!

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Re: WARNING custom partition, and install dangerous in 19.04

Post by Chris » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:21 am

UPDATE:
The XFCE Live DVD images have a corrupt GPT table!

Mounting the image produces the following:

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GEOM: the secondary GPT table is corrupt or invalid.
GEOM: using the primary only -- recovery suggested.
Comparing the sha256 provided against the image itself produces the following:

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sha256 GhostBSD19.04-XFCE-x64.iso 
SHA256 (GhostBSD19.04-XFCE-x64.iso) = cd97c82fe5e5dfc013c1047b3fc93373b295cb516578c389f47112ed436f615c
the provided hash matches:             cd97c82fe5e5dfc013c1047b3fc93373b295cb516578c389f47112ed436f615c
The hash compares for both the image downloaded from Canada, as well as the image downloaded from France.

This all looks pretty bad. :(

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Re: WARNING custom partition, and install dangerous in 19.04

Post by Chris » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:27 pm

Well. I tried one last time. This time I burned the image to a DVD. But alas the results were another failure -- partitioning && formatting.
Looking at the results, and the issues brought up on previous versions of GhostBSD. It doesn't appear that you folks understand how to correctly perform these tasks. I speak from some 35yrs on BSD, and from the DARPA project prior. I mean this isn't unusual hardware I'm trying to install this on -- SATA/pata drive, and an Intel chipset and CPU. Looks like there's a need to fill this niche (preinstall desktop). I'll talk to some of colleagues and see if any of them think they'd be interested in getting involved in creating one.

Thanks for and time, and attention.

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