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Re: Install problem on a Sparc 2

Ragga Muffin wrote:
> John Turnbull <johnrt@home.com> wrote:
> > Thank you. I would not have found that in a hurry. In my case. the
> > incorrect soft link was in /target/boot/vmlinuz > vmlinuz-2.2.18pre21
> >
> > I changed that just before the make boot disk step, and the boot disk
> > step failed again. when I rebooted, I got an error message that 'the
> > file just loaded does not appear to be executable'
> I think there's still something wrong with that symlink.
> The output of 'file' for a sparc kernel should look like:
> /boot/vmlinux-2.2.18: ELF 32-bit MSB executable, SPARC, version 1,
> statically linked, not stripped
> Maybe you should double check that..
> > So I still have something wrong. In the sun system, is there some type
> > of flag on a partition to make it bootable, like in an Intel system? How
> > do I tell if I have it set?  I still do not know if I damaged the
> > partition table (or it's equivalent) during my first install attempt.
> AFAIK there's no such thing as a bootable flag.
> That belongs to the DOS world of ancient..
> Even if you don't plan on using SunOS or Solaris, I think you'll
> have to create a Sun disklabel and a "Whole disk" partition (as partition 3)
> with fdisk. Check these out.
Yes, I think it must be this last part that I am not getting. I'm still
thinking in Intel disk terms.

Could you please spell it out for me. How do I want to lay out the disk?

Its strange, I do have Mandrake 7.1 running on another disk (out of the
machine at this time) but I do not remember handling the disk
partitioning differently than I would on an Intel box.

Do I need to 'reconstruct' the disklable that I undoubtedly destroyed by
making my first partition start at 0?  I will not be using any other OS
on this box. John T

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