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Re: Install problem on a Sparc 2

John Turnbull <johnrt@home.com> 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:
-fdisk /dev/sdX
-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
-reinstall debian

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



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