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Bug#260093: debian-installer installation-report AlphaStation 500/333 - aboot partition problems

On Wed, 2004-07-21 at 09:25, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > So I've done some investigation, and it appears that to install aboot
> > you need some free space on the disk before the first partition
> > (according to the FAQ on
> > http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/SRM-HOWTO/srm-aboot.html:
> This bug in the partitioner should be addressed as of the 20040720 daily
> (sid_d-i) CD images.  If you can, I would appreciate it if you would
> re-test the autopartitioning support using this newer image; I'm
> unfortunately not in a position to do such testing, since all my disks
> have live data located on them in inconvenient places.

Hi Steve,

I've tried the latest businesscard installer ISO, which at the time of
writing is 20040721. The automatic partitioning tool now takes into
account that it needs to cater to aboot to be able to boot from SRM. It
creates a 1MB partition before the root (/) partition. So far the good
news :-)

After saving the partition configuration, the installer comes with the
warning that to boot from SRM, the disk containing /boot needs space for
the aboot loader...which it just created.  When I choose to continue
anyway (choice: Yes), the next warning pops up, claiming that to be able
to use aboot, /boot (and hence /, using autopartitioning) should reside
on an EXT2 partition. The autopartitioning tool makes everything EXT3 by
default. In my opinion the installer for Alpha should default to EXT2 at
least for the root partition while autopartitioning. This would avoid
having to go back into the partition tool to change the filesystem type
manually to continue.

After changing the root filesystem type to EXT2 and ignoring the warning
about aboot again, the installation happily continues quite uneventful,
leaving me with a properly installed debian system. Despite the warning
earlier, it boots fine, too.

So, it seems that your modifications to d-i with respect to aboot were
successful, and all that's left now is some cosmetics.

HTH, thanks.


Ferdinand O. Tempel

Your friendly neighborhood linuxops.net administrator.

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