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Re: Debian on Thecus N2100

On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 13:38 +0200, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> * Ross Burton <ross@burtonini.com> [2007-09-28 10:42]:
> > I see that 4.0r1 is broken, is it best to install r0 or are there
> > installer images with the fixed kernel on?  I could try installing Sid,
> > but I'd prefer something known to work. :)
> The problem is that r0 is no longer on the mirrors so you cannot
> install that.  Anyway, there's a fairly easy workaround: install using
> the 4.0r1 images, and when base install fails, do base install again -
> this time it will ask you which kernel version to install.

Ah cunning, that sounds even easier than changing the priority and
getting asked lots of questions.

> > I've never done software RAID before, so I'm being cautious.  Is it
> > fairly simple with the Debian installer to setup a 4G /, 1G swap, and
> > the rest as /home, all on RAID-1?  Would I need a separate /boot, or is
> > the initramfs in the flash sufficient?
> RAID setup in d-i is fairly easy, even if maybe not very obvious (you
> first need to mark some partitions for RAID, then go to a RAID config
> tool, then configure the md partitions).  You won't need a special /boot.

On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 14:45 +0300, Riku Voipio wrote:
> kernel and initramfs in flash is sufficent, no need for a separate /boot
> partition. The setup you want is slightly complex, but it should still
> be fairly simple to setup in d-i. Not simple in sense of "just hit next"
> but rather "if know partitioning well enough to want such a setup,
> you will manage to setup partitions relatively easily in d-i partitioner".

Okay, thanks Martin and Riku.  Maybe I should give the etch installer a
go in qemu so I know what the raid setup does before I let myself go on
a real device. :)

I'm a huge fan of separate /home because of the amount of pain it solves
when the OS itself dies.  I guess a swap file in / instead of a swap
partition would solve the swap-on-dead-disk problem and remove a
partition, I think I'll do that instead.

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