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Re: Further to my installation error



On Sunday 20 March 2016 22:00:01 David Wright wrote:
> On Sun 20 Mar 2016 at 11:54:20 (+0300), Adam Wilson wrote:
> > On Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:21:58 +0000
> >
> > Lisi Reisz <lisi.reisz@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On Friday 18 March 2016 20:49:55 David Wright wrote:
> > > > It's far more likely that you forgot to format the partition, if
> > > > that's indeed what you wanted to do.
> > >
> > > No.  I checked and double checked that the partitions on the disk
> > > which I wanted to use for installation were all marked with the F for
> > > format, and that nothing on the disk it had been told to leave alone
> > > had an F.  It kept wanting to format the spare disk's swap, which I
> > > did not want.
> >
> > Why not? You wanted to carry over the swap created by a previous
> > installation?
>
> Neither grub nor the installer handle partition labels very well.
> If you've labelled your swap partition, letting the installer
> loose on it means you have to restore the label each time.
>
> The d-i does want to format it, and it's fairly insistent that it at
> least be given one to use, but it can be dissuaded from both.

It had one - on sda.  It wanted the one on sdb as well.  I wanted the one on 
sdb left alone.  I got what I wanted when I insisted, and the resultant 
installation was quite happy just using the one disk.  And the swap partition 
on sdb kept its UUID intact.  So all is well that ends well.

Lisi

> The documentation also tells you not to
> # mkswap -L abcd00 /dev/sdz9
> # swapon /dev/sdz9
> after the partitioner has run but before the base installation, but
> I've had no problems doing that in the past. (Remember installing
> linux on a Texas Travelmate with 8MB memory...)
>
> All this may be different for people encrypting swap or using
> containers etc.
>
> Cheers,
> David.


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