Re: more install problems
On Monday 04 August 2003 20:39, Andrew McGuinness wrote:
> Richard Lyons wrote:
> > Perhaps I should reinitialize the root partition and re-install,
> > using the 2.4.18-686 kernel -- there is a way to select the
> > kernel during the install, isn't there?
Actually, it turns out there doesn't seem to be a way to do that.
> I wouldn't bother doing that. If you're in doubt, install the
> kernel-image-2.4.18-686 and kernel-pcmcia-modules-2.4.18-686
> packages over again with dpkg -i That's all that the reinstall
> would do anyway.
> Do you have the "hotplug"
> When you install the kernel-image-2.4.18-686 package, it would have
> asked you if you wanted to install a boot block for it with LILO
> (you do). You would then need to reboot to run the new kernel.
I did that.
> If you are running the right kernel, "uname -r" should display
> 2.4.18-686 (not 2.4.18-bf2.4)
Yes, that was ok.
[...a lot of good advice snipped, because:...]
What I did last night, thinking to sidestep the problem:
I downloaded the knoppix 3.2 iso, burned and ran it. Everything runs
perfectly. (and the only time I have ever seen Xwindows system
exiting withot errors!) I think it's unstable with 2.4.21-xfs
kernel. Then I found that the instructions for installing
permanently from the Knoppix CD are cryptic. There is no install
script. Following the instructions, I did cp -a to the appropriate
partitions (after reinitialising them) and wrote /etc/lilo.conf and
/etc/fstab - and ran lilo of course.
This should have given me a working system. There is always a 'but'.
The lilo menu pops up as expected, the kernel loads, and then some
error messages flash by something about a fs not being read-only.
That is odd, because my lilo.conf says:
/etc/fstab is this:
LABEL=/ / ext2 defaults 1 1
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
pts /dev/pts devpts mode=0622 0 0
dev/fd0 /floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
/dev/hda1 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hda2 /boot ext2 defaults 0 2
/dev/hda5 /usr ext2 defaults 0 2
/dev/hda6 /home reiserfs users,exec 0 2
/dev/cdrom /cdrom auto user,noauto,exec,ro 0 0
It's a collection of alterations to the fstab Knoppix starts up with
off the cd. So there may be errors. I don't know what pts is, so I
left it in. I am wondering why some drives have defaults and /home
has users,exec. And whether users and user ar both acceptable.
The present situation is that, after the 'not read-only' error, there
are several other error messages about can't write because read-only.
I assume this is because, as it appears not read only the boot script
does not fsck and remount read-write. A result appears to be empty
/var/log/messages and dmesg. So I don't really know what is going
wrong. It finishes by dumping me in a shell with nothing mounted. I
can then mount the other partitions, but the root partition is read
only so I cannot edit /etc/fstab or lilo.conf.
Can anyone see my mistakes?