Re: Desktop Install Quandry
On Sat, Dec 04, 1999 at 08:46:23PM -0600, dan sampsel wrote
> Problem A.
> I'm attempting a reinstall on LibraNet Compilation of debian/linux from
> cd.....I have a secondary master HD, which is dedicated to linux. when I
> attempt to partition it, I can get the primary partion installed, but
> system will not allow me to change file type to linux extended. After
> creating linux swap partition & progressing through the install, I see
> that that 1st partition has been changed to "Linux ext2". Is this
> acceptable for continuing the install?
'ext2' is the short name of the Linux 'Second extended
filesystem', and is probably what you want (and is the default,
if you use Linux cfdisk). You should also make a swap partition
and set that to type 82 ('Linux swap'); if you choose 'Type' in
cfdisk to change the partition type, then this is also the
Actually, Linux and Debian don't really care what partition type
you use, but I belive that marking them as these types helps the
installer figure out what partitions you want to use; beyond that
it doesn't really matter much in a Linux-only install.
> Problem 2. After creating root password & user info, I'm instructed by
> install manual to progress to desktop install. Then, login as root,
> place cd back in & type the following commands:
> >script <enter>
> >mkdir /cdimage <enter>
> >mount /dev/cdrom /cdimage
> at which time the system returns
> >Fat Bread Failed
> >mount: you must specify the file type
> Unfortunately, the install manual doesn't address this issue.....
> Any kind souls willing to invest some time for a rank newbie who
> desperately wants to develope a working knowledge of this OS?
That should be
$ mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /cdimage
/dev/cdrom should be a symlink to your actual CDROM device
(probably dev/hdb or /dev/hdc); if you installed from CD that
should be taken care of.
Other popular filesystem types you can specify:
ext2 - Linux second extended filesystem;
vfat - Just about any DOS/Windows 9x hard disk or floppy;
minix - Sometimes used for floppies, as it has less space
overhead than ext2 but without the limitations of vfat.
auto - Newer versions of mount will try to guess the fs
type if you use auto.
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