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RE: Debian Installer - Problems Partitioning

I am ashamed to admit, but I *still* don't get how I am supposed to run
FDISK so I can get to an FDISK prompt.

When I boot the computer I come to an SRM prompt.  SRM does not know
about FDISK, nor can I seem to get to a shell.

So I:
 >>>boot dka400 -fl 0
which boots from the CD, which starts the Debian Installer.  After
entering responses to language and keyboard, detect h/w, (where I get
the DAC960 error) etc., I am taken to Partman which tells me I cannot
partition.  From here I can shell out to a prompt "BusyBox v1.00-pre10

~# fdisk /dev/sda
/bin/sh: ~fdisk: not found

So you see, I do not know *how* to run fdisk.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jiann-Ming Su [mailto:js290@bellsouth.net] 
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 11:15 PM
To: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Debian Installer - Problems Partitioning

On Mon, 31 May 2004, Jim and Kelly Younkin wrote:

> I believe I know how I want to partition my system but I do not know
> to proceed.  The docs I read indicate that because I am booting from
> I must use FDISK, but I do not know how to find or run this program.
> The Debian Installer does have an option to "Execute a Shell" which
> "ash" using an editor called "nano".  It explains that "the root file
> system is a RAM disk".  Also "the hard disk file systems are mounted
> '/target'".  However, once there I do not know how to find or run

After reinstalling after a disk failure, I think I see what you are
into.  When you run fdisk, you'll have to run it in BSD mode for Alpha
systems.  You can enter BSD mode (if fdisk didn't do so automatically)
with "b" at the fdisk prompt.  The HOWTO should explain how to use
fdisk.  The difference I have found with BSD mode is you have to
explicitly tell where each partition starts and ends.  In DOS mode,
it'll sequentially start the next partition at the end of the previous
one.  Also for Alpha, leave the first sector blank for aboot.  That is,
start your first partition with sector 2.  If you don't use BSD disk
labels, aboot will not install.  IIRC, RedHat 7.2's installer took care
a lot of this.
Jiann-Ming Su
"Yeah, Lois, that'll be about as much fun as a lecture on 
 				   ontological empiricism."  --Peter

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