Disk initialization does not work in AutoYaST

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1


You want to make an automated installation via AutoYaST and need to clean all existing partitions from the disk, because it contains e.g. windows partitions. Until SLES 10 SP1 you have used the option

<initialize config:type="boolean">true</initialize>

in AutoYaST, but this does not work anymore.


This is a bug in AutoYaST. We are currently investigating this and will release an update soon.

As a workaround you can initialize the disk via a pre-install script.

If not already in your AutoYaST profile add a section


and in this section add the following

<pre-scripts config:type="list">
parted -s <device>rm 1
parted -s <device>rm 2
parted -s <device>rm 3
parted -s <device>rm 4
But be aware, when you do a semi automatic installation, where the user has to accept the configuration, the disk is initialized BEFORE the user gets asked !


This issue is fixed, please use


to create a yast2-update structure and include it to your auto-install.

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  • Document ID:3664970
  • Creation Date: 14-Sep-2007
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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