Re: Install problem on a Sparc 2
Ragga Muffin wrote:
> John Turnbull <email@example.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...
> 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....
Yes, I expect that I am at that stage. This is OK. I do not have much
time invested in this setup.
> 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.
No problem, this is an old box with a 410MB spinner.
> 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
Thank you! ^ There is that lower case 'u' flag I was talking about.
What is it? It is not discussed in the fdisk man.
Also the man states:
A BSD/SUN type disklabel can describe 8 partitions, the
third of which should be a `whole disk' partition. Do not
start a partition that actually uses its first sector
(like a swap partition) at cylinder 0, since that will
destroy the disklabel.
yet your /dev/sda1 starts at 0. I am missing something here.
At any rate, I do a reinstall, and do fdisk carefully.