Re: Installing on a small root partition
I have DSL on a USB. But is it Debian? Actually I am going to be installing
MythTV on this system, and I am not sure DSL can handle it. Even if it can, it
may need some one more knowledgeable about Linux than me to make it work with
DSL. :-( I know how to insall Myth on Debian.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roberto Sanchez" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: Installing on a small root partition
Anil Gupte wrote:
Need help and advice.
I am trying to do a specialized install of Debian. Note that I have done
two or three before (in the past), but without knowing much about what was
going on - I mostly accepted the defaults.
This system happens to be in a place where there are frequent power losses.
So, my plan is to have a small root partition (say about 100MB), and make it
a read-only partition. This way, there will be no corruption on constant
reboots. The apps, logs etc will be on a separate partition. The read-only
partition idea was a suggestion from a Linux guru, as a solution for inodes
etc being corrupted and the system not booting properly.
I tried the Debian installer, but it fails, and I am pretty sure that is
because the root partition is small. Is there any way to tell the installer
where to put which files? I am installing from a DVD containing Sarge.
Any suggestions will be welcome. Also, any advice on the read only root
partition will be helpful.
I am not sure that a read-only root partition will work. Your system must be
able to write to devices in /dev (which is mounted from somewhere else if you
use udev). As for installing on a small root partition, check out DSL, which
I believe has something like a 50 MB base install.
Roberto C. Sanchez
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