Re: more install problems
On Tuesday 05 August 2003 2:52 pm, Richard Lyons wrote:
> 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?
I'm a newbie, and this might in any case be too late to help, but the
best instructions for installing Knoppix to hdd are probably those on
www.bytebot.net/geekdocs/debian-knoppix.html. They made sense to me,
and the way I feel at the moment that might be saying something.