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Re: Debian Installer Issues

On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 11:37:51PM +0200, Alex Bartok wrote:
> Hello Kathleen,
> Friday, July 23, 2004, 10:51:01 PM, you wrote:
> KM> No file system mounted on /target
> KM> Installation Step Failed. 
> KM> However I still encounter the same problems when going back to the
> KM> GUI installer.
> KM> If anyone has any suggestions, or ideas on where I can go from here, it
> KM> would be greatly appreciated.
> Hi,
> this may sound stupid, but did you try to mount the target fs to that
> mount point (/target) ? I'm not sure, but I believe the target
> filesystems are mounted right after the partitioning, at the end of
> that module, not at the beginning of the next one.

This whole part of the installer works differently from any I've
encountered before, especially anything from Debian.  I found it fairly
un-intuitive, but then I figured that is because it is the victim of
folkes trying to make it simple and intuitive.  Which is great if it is,
for newbies and whatnot, but as an experienced user, I was confused.  It
took me several trial and error attempts to figure out what it wanted
and where, and only then would it not loop back to the beginning of the
paritition disks screen.  You have to enter into it, using it's special
methods, where root will be mounted, and /boot if you're going to do
that, and swap and like that.  Which is sorta separate from the
partitioning, but sorta not.  My advice: read every word on the screen
very carefully, and figure out how to use the input methods to get the
right thing in the right place.

Good luck,


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