Trouble During the Installation

Partition Creation Problems

If you are having trouble creating a partition (for example, a root (/) partition), make sure you are setting its partition type to Linux Native.

Unless your BIOS supports otherwise, make sure /boot does not exceed the 1023 cylinder head. If you do not, the installation program will not allow you to create a /boot or / partition. Some new systems allow you to exceed the 1023 limit (with GRUB and the newer LILO versions that are available), but most machines with older BIOS will not.

Using Remaining Space

You have a swap and a / (root) partition created, and you have selected the root partition to use the remaining space, but it does not fill the hard drive.

If your hard drive is more than 1024 cylinders, you must create a /boot partition if you want the / (root) partition to use all of the remaining space on your hard drive.

Other Partitioning Problems

If you are using Disk Druid to create partitions, but cannot move to the next screen, you probably have not created all the partitions necessary for Disk Druid's dependencies to be satisfied.

You must have the following partitions as a bare minimum:


When defining a partition's type as Linux swap, you do not have to assign it a mount point. Disk Druid automatically assigns the mount point for you.

Are You Seeing Python Errors?

During some upgrades or installations of Red Hat Linux, the installation program (also known as Anaconda) may fail with a Python or traceback error. This error may occur after the selection of individual packages or while trying to save the upgrade log in /tmp. The error may look similar to:

Traceback (innermost last):
   File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.1//usr/lib/anaconda/iw/",
line 20, in run
     rc = self.todo.doInstall ()
   File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.1//usr/lib/anaconda/", line 1468, in
     self.fstab.savePartitions ()
   File "", line 221, in savePartitions
 SystemExit: 0

 Local variables in innermost frame:
 self: <fstab.GuiFstab instance at 8446fe0>
 sys: <module 'sys' (built-in)>

 ToDo object:


This error occurs in some systems where links to /tmp are symbolic to other locations or have been changed since creation. These symbolic or changed links are invalid during the installation process, so the installation program cannot write information and fails.

If you experience such an error, first try to download any available errata for Anaconda. Errata can be found at:

You can also search for bug reports related to this problem. To search Red Hat's bug tracking system, go to:

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