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Bug#269042: 269042 Addendum: how to preserve Tru64 prepartitioning from the installer?


Thanks for the quick response.

On Wed, 1 Sep 2004, Sven Luther wrote:

  > On Wed, Sep 01, 2004 at 08:22:36AM -0400, Toni L. Harbaugh-Blackford [Contr] wrote:
  > > Hi-
  > >
  > > 'partman' corrupts a Tru64 disklabel for disks that are prepartitioned.
  > Adding tru64 partition table support (or fixing existing support ?) would
  > solve this issue. I have no idea want kind of partition tables are used on
  > Tru64 though.

Tru64 uses BSD disklabels, so that the Alpha can be booted from SRM.
According to an incomplete discussion on the debian-alpha list, partman
should be able to handle the Tru64 labels.

But partman corrupts those labels in such a way that Tru64 can no longer read
them; however, the labels are 'good enough' for SRM, so that debian still boots.

Really, partman would not need to be fixed if section

   'A.5. Debian Partitioning Programs'

of the installation documentation were complete.  It says that the partitioning
step in the installer can be skipped, but does not say what is required 'underneath'
in order for the rest of the install to continue properly.  Here is the quote from
the current documentation:

   "One of these programs will be run by default when you select Partition a Hard
    Disk. If the one which is run by default isn't the one you want, quit the
    partitioner, go to the shell (tty2) by pressing Alt and F2 keys together, and
    manually type in the name of the program you want to use (and arguments, if
    any). Then skip the Partition a Hard Disk step in debian-installer and continue
    to the next step."

IF another paragraph would be added saying what is required, it would solve a
lot of problems.


Toni Harbaugh-Blackford                   harbaugh@abcc.ncifcrf.gov
System Administrator
Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (ABCC)
National Cancer Institute
Contractor - SAIC/Frederick

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