Re: Install problem on a Sparc 2
John Turnbull <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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.
In debian too this is pretty straightforward, I wonder what went wrong
in your install...
> 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
In *BSD you have a disklabel utility to create a new label from the bios/prom
entry or from a file.
I haven't seen one in the linux world, so if that's your problem, it looks
you'll have to fdisk and reinstall....
Try this for the appropriate disk:
-create a new empty sun disklabel (s)
-create partitions 1 and 2 (e.q. / ,swap)
-create partition 3 as Whole disk (this is more or less automatic IIRC)
-create additional partitions
-save and quit
Remember you cannot boot from a partition that exeeds 1 GB in size.
Here's what our SS5 looks like from fdisk:
js05:# fdisk /dev/sda
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sda (Sun disk label): 20 heads, 109 sectors, 3830 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2180 * 512 bytes
Device Flag Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 0 100 109000 83 Linux native
/dev/sda2 u 100 160 65400 82 Linux swap
/dev/sda3 0 3830 4174700 5 Whole disk
/dev/sda4 160 2083 2096070 83 Linux native
/dev/sda5 2083 3830 1904230 83 Linux native