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

On Mon, 2004-07-26 at 00:32, Steve Langasek wrote:
> The second of these warnings should be addressed in partman-auto 27,
> included on today's CD images, which creates a separate ext2 /boot
> partition on alpha.

Partitioning seems to be going OK now...somewhat. But let me start at
the beginning.

I finally got around to trying D-I on alpha again, so I downloaded the
latest netinst ISO to try both the installer and to check if the kernel
would panic on me again (it didn't!). The installer version at that
time: 20040806.

Popping in the CD, and booting it goes all well. Autopartitioning on
/dev/sdb works like charm too (aboot headroom, and /boot on ext2, no
errors, no warnings), and even all the packages install...until it's
time to install aboot.

Tracking the aboot install yields a nice error message on TTY1, and the
following in syslog:

aboot-installer: info: Installing aboot on '/dev/sdb'
main-menu[275]: (process:11725): error: bootcode overlaps with partition
#9. If you really want this, use -f9
main-menu[275]: WARNING **: Configuring 'aboot-installer' failed with
error code 1

Partition table:
# fdisk -ul /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target8/lun0/disc

Disk /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target8/lun0/disc: 4550 MB, 4550934016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 553 cylinders, total 8888543 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

9 partitions:
#       start       end      size     fstype   [fsize bsize   cpg]
  a:        1      1954      1954       ext2                      
  b:     1955    158205    156251       ext2                      
  c:   158206    451174    292969       ext2                      
  d:   451175   3666018   3214844       ext2                      
  e:  3666019   5101565   1435547       ext2                      
  f:  5101566   5355472    253907       ext2                      
  g:  5355473   8398441   3042969       ext2                      
  h:  8398442   8888542    490101       swap                      
  i: 4294967295  8589934589  4294967295         ff

Looking at that partition table, I notice partition "i" to look odd. To
be honest, I have no idea what partition #9 is. My guess is that it's
"i", and it's weird size is messing up aboot-installer's intelligence.
But that's just my guess, maybe you have a better one? :-)

> BTW, have you had any further problems with kernel panics from CDs?  If
> not, it may be that the disk didn't burn right, or that SRM was in an
> inconsistent state.

Nope, no panics this time. As to the cause I can only guess. I tried
several times with the same CD, and it paniced at different points in
the installation. Even after a few cold reboots, etc. Oh well, all seems
well in the kernel area now, so one less worry.



Ferdinand O. Tempel

Your friendly neighborhood linuxops.net administrator.

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