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Bug#289972: Update

Further information about the disk problems:

On reexamining the partitioniing of my disk, I found it laid out as
	hda1	primary		NTFS
	hda5	logical		FAT32
	hda3	primary		ext2
	hda6	logical		swap
	hda7	logical		Linux (never formatted--originally
					unused space)

I have no recollection of how the primary-logical-primary was set up.

Having backed up the data relevant to the Sid install (hda3), I tried
to convert it to a logical partition using cfdisk under that Sid
installation. My thinking was that perhaps this pattern screwed up the
installer's partitioning app.  Rebooting led to an unbootable system
(grub died totally).  Using the Windows CD showed me that the initial
partitions were at least recognized by that system, so I went back to
the installer.  

It continued to show only a single HD, no partitions.  I went to the
command line and found cfdisk available, but it did not recognize
/dev/hda as a device.  Some searching under /dev showed me where that
was under the installer's system, so I symlinked /dev/disks/disk0/disk
(or whatever it was... I'm working on memory here a day later) to
/dev/hda.  cfdisk then showed the whole disk properly.

IIRC the entire disk after the 1st two partitions was shown as a single
space, but I'm cloudy on this.  I tried to redo the partitions based on
prior size (but all as logicals), and successfully rewrote the
partition table, but rebooting still gave a useless grub.  The
installer now recognized the partitions, though, so I completely
repartitioned the entire space following the first two.  All those are
logical, BTW.

So whatever the cause was, I was able to get around it.  The rest of
the install went pretty well.

Suggestion--somewhere make available to the technically inclined users
like myself a road map of the installer.  Meaning how things are set
up (e.g. under /dev), what tools are available, etc.  Or is that on
site somewhere and I have blown over it?  Sorry if so..


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