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We have kickstart command
clearpart in RHEL/CentOS 7/8 Linux to clear the partition label before performing the fresh installation. In one of our scenarios, Kickstart
clearpart not working and it was unable to remove existing partitions from the node.
In this article I will share the solution to fix "Kickstart
clearpart not working" which worked in my case. Although it may or may not work for you, please do let me know if some other solution worked for your environment.
Problem: Kickstart clearpart not working
In the kickstart file we use clearpart command to erase some or all the existing partitions
In some scenarios Kickstart
clearpart not working issue is seen where it fails to delete existing partitions due to which kickstart installation fails.
clearpart supports below options
--all- Erases all partitions from the system.
--drives=- Specifies which drives to clear partitions from
--initlabel- Initializes a disk (or disks) by creating a default disk label for all disks in their respective architecture that have been designated for formatting
--list=- Specifies which partitions to clear.
--linux- Erases all Linux partitions.
--none (default)- Do not remove any partitions.
--cdl- Reformat any LDL DASDs to CDL format.
--disklabel=LABEL- Set the default disklabel to use.
Solution: Kickstart clearpart not working
It is possible that a partition is still in use which is why
clearpart fails to delete partitions. As a solution we will write a
%pre script to manually delete all existing partitions, wipe out all partition and file system labels, delete any raid devices
Below is my sample
%pre script to fix kickstart clearpart not working problem.
%pre udevadm settle dmsetup remove_all # De-activate any exiting Volume Groups vgchange -an system vgchange -an os # Clear software raid devices if any raid_devices=$(mktemp /tmp/mdstat.XXXXXXXXX) cat /proc/mdstat | grep ^md | cut -d : -f 1 > $raid_devices if [ -s $raid_devices ];then for raid in `cat $raid_devices`;do wipefs -f -a /dev/$raid mdadm --stop -f /dev/$raid if [ $? != "0" ];then udevadm settle dmsetup remove_all mdadm --stop -f /dev/$raid fi done else echo "All raid devices are cleared" fi rm -vf $raid_devices # Wipe any partitions if found available_disks=$(mktemp /tmp/disks.XXXXXXXXX) ls -r /dev/sd* > $available_disks for disk in `cat $available_disks`;do wipefs -f -a $disk done rm -vf $available_disks %end
You can modify this
%pre script to identify and delete and more partitions, file systems on your Linux environment.
So you will not be dependent on
clearpart to delete the existing partitions.
Lastly I hope the steps from the article to fix kickstart clearpart not working issue on RHEL/CentOS 7/8 Linux was helpful. So, let me know your suggestions and feedback using the comment section.
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2 thoughts on “Solved: Kickstart clearpart not working in RHEL CentOS 7 8”
Thanks for that solution! I experienced the same issues with Fedora 32 kickstart. Drove me nuts until I found this.
Thanks so much for this!!! Same as Volker. I spent 3 days trying to work this out. I knew the issue had something to do with the legacy md raid devices on the disks. I had originally put nodmraid in the bootparmas which should have removed them however it didnt. Added this gem to %pre and bingo.