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FW: How do I format a hard drive using fdisk "b" (BSD partitionin g)

I'm booting my AlphaServer 1000 from SRM off a "mikasa" boot floppy into
MILO, and then to Linux (root is /dev/sda3, swap is /dev/sda2 and /dev/sda1
is unused, but reserved for MILO).  

This is part of my continuing effort to get working Debian Linux systems on
our 4 (currently unused) Dec AlphaServer's.  I'm hoping that the 'BSD'
reformatting will enable the standard dbootstrap installation to finish (it
gets loop0 errors, and then never completes any of the later installation

Do you think that Potato might work better than Slink, as far as the
installation?  How do I get a tulip.o module off the driver diskette (or
anywhere else)?  That's what the Redhat Alpha site recommends for
AlphaServer 1000's.

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Slootman [mailto:paul@wau.mis.ah.nl] 
Sent: Monday, December 06, 1999 5:51 AM
To: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: How do I format a hard drive using fdisk "b" (BSD

On Fri 03 Dec 1999, simonst@WellsFargo.COM wrote:
> I'm not sure how to format my hard drive using the fdisk "b - edit BSD
> Disklabel" command (as recommended by the disks-alpha/README). 

Umm, isn't it only recommended to use the BSD disklabels if using SRM?
Are you? You don't give any info on your hardware configuration.

> When I selected "b", fdisk reported that my drive had no disklabel.  When
> entered "y" to create one, fdisk printed a page of information ("disk:",
> "label:" & "flags:" are blank).  Now what do I do?  Am I supposed to
> my 3 partitions (Milo, swap & Linux) out of the BSD "a-h" partitions?  I
> see filesystem types "swap" and "ext2", but what should the (msdos) Milo
> partition filesystem type be?

? My understanding was that you should use BSD disklabels with SRM, as
you have to use aboot to boot linux from SRM. I.e. no MILO involved.
However, I may be confused here. If I am, then yes, you should define
your 3 partitions from the a-h partitions. Note that the second (or is
it third) partition with BSD is traditionally the entire disk.  As to
what type the MILO partitions should be: I use the FAT-12 type, at least
for traditional fdisk partitions. I don't know what the convention is
with BSD partitions.

Paul Slootman
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