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RE: How to install without parted?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sven Luther [mailto:sven.luther@wanadoo.fr] 
> Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 10:59 AM
> To: Zenker, Matthias (Otometrics Stuttgart)
> Cc: debian-boot@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: How to install without parted?
> On Thu, Sep 02, 2004 at 03:13:16PM +0200, 
> mzenker@gnotometrics.de wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I have the problem that I cannot install Debian Sarge with 
> kernel 2.6 
> > on my notebook - the partition manager does not recognize 
> the existing partition table. There seems to be a fix in a 
> new parted version, but it seems to come too late for this release.
> > Since I need to use kernel 2.6, the question is: how can I 
> install without using parted? As far as I understand, I have 
> to set mountpoints somehow (and format the Debian partition, 
> but that is more easy) and then proceed with the base-install step.
> Someone (perhaps you ?) could try building d-i with the 
> parted 1.6.12 in experimental. Not sure if this would work 
> though, since there are chances that partman need to be 
> modified a bit.

The problem is that I don't have a running Debian more recent than woody
- that's why I wanted to install sarge...
And I don't want to dist-upgrade my woody yet.
Additionally, I don't have so much time to spend right now - already
spent much time on trying to install sarge, fixing my partitions,
booting over and over, getting disk geometry outputs...
I can try a new image as soon as it is there, though.
Sorry for not being able to help more.

In the meantime, I have tried to format and mount the Debian partition
manually, using the shell and

mkswap /dev/discs/disc0/part5
swapon /dev/discs/disc0/part5

mkdir -p /target
mkfs.ext3 /dev/discs/disc0/part7
mount /dev/discs/disc0/part7 /target

following a hint found in 

But the installer did not want to install the base system after that, it
sent me right back to the partitioner, and when I started the shell
again, the mountpoint was deleted from /etc/mtab (it had been there
before!). I repeated the mount, but the installer still claimed that
there was no root partition mounted under /target.

So it seems the only way is to hope that a fixed parted will make it
into sarge with help of joeyh...

Best regards,


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