Thursday, September 8, 2011

New required kickstart line in Fedora 16

Just a quick note for anyone looking at Fedora-16. From Fedora-16 forward, you need a new line in your kickstart that looks like:
part biosboot --fstype=biosboot --size=1

I'm honestly not sure what this is exactly needed for, but unattended kickstart installs will not start without it. There is a bit more information at


  1. it's a BIOS boot partition: it's needed when you're booting via BIOS to an OS that's on a disk with a GPT disk label. If you can boot via EFI, or if you're booting to a disk that has an MSDOS disk label (also known as a partition table), you don't need it.

    in F16, anaconda will write a GPT disk label to any disk it's completely reformatting. If you only tell it to use some specific partitions on an existing disk with an MSDOS disk label, it should leave the label alone, and then you wouldn't need a BIOS boot partition. is pretty good.

  2. Can you make sure this is included in the Release Notes?