I need to reinstall F34, but when I try to do it using Anaconda GUI, I can’t reassign
/ to the new installation. The scenario is:
/home are existing Btrfs volumes
- I want to preserve
/home but reformat all the other volumes/partitions (
- I can assign
/home to “new” installation, but when I try to assign
/ , this “You must create a new file system on the root device” appears.
How do I get past this? Any help will be much appreciated.
PS: IMHO Anaconda should handle this situation automatically, or at least communicate properly what needs to be done. I hope this has improved on F35
PPS: There is another thread about the same issue on the “on using Fedora” channel, but I believe this is the correct place for this question
… wait a minute, that guy seems strangely familiar…
I did remember I had this problem before, but for some reason I thought I was on a different situation now, because I was trying to create a new mountpoint for
/ and it wasn’t working, it was (rightfully) complaining that there was no space left on device. Now I understand there were two things I needed to do first:
- I had to choose “Btrfs” as the fs type for new partitions (I was using the default “LVM”)
- I had to first map one of the existing partitions to the target (new) installation, and then select this partition on the target; only then I would be able to create a new mount point for
/ on the target installation. (I probably did exactly this on that last time, I just didn’t remember it )
So, thanks for reminding me of my (smarter) past self
I am facing a different problem right now, but it seems unrelated: installation is aborting as soon as it starts downloading the packages complaining the filesystem is read only. Does it make any sense? Could it be a side effect of something I am doing wrong? Or has my SSD simply gone defective?
Hmmm, that’s hard to guess at. Can you boot back into the older installation and run diagnostics?
Ouch. Hope you had backups!
As I understand it, Btrfs is much more aggressive in marking filesystems on bad drives unmountable. If you need to, you may still be able to recover data. See:
I do have – somewhat outdated (I update them with every new Fedora release), but still, it’s better than nothing. I did manage to generate a new backup from the read-only fs before trying to reinstall, I will take a closer look at them once I have a chance, to check if they are corrupted (let’s see if Btrfs did a good job in preserving the data ).
I also did try to restore the data, but things were so bad that the command aborted with an error after a while But thanks for the pointer anyway
I already purchased a replacement SSD, let’s hope I have better luck with that one.