kumba at gentoo
Apr 30, 2005, 8:07 AM
Post #2 of 5
DL Harrison wrote:
> Hi all,
> It's exam time again and that means procastination time - as such I recently
> attempted to build gentoo again on my O2 using kumbas netboot kernel :
> and the boot command of bootp():root=/dev/ram0
> This has REALLY not gone well thus far.
> 1) Nano wont open, returning the message: cannot open libncurses something
> something .so
My Fault. I keep forgetting to fix the bloody thing. Might be regenerating a
new netboot in a few days/next week to resolve this.
Busybox 'vi' is included as a workaround, even though that's a rather cruel
thing to use.
> 2) Fdisk is behaving rather strangely only allowing me to build partitions
> backwards ie from 1016 (4.5 gb disk) down. If I attempt to make a partition
> from 1 - 100 ,say, the next time I ask for a new partition it gives the the
> start point of (1-0) and refuses any further input!!!!
fdisk was given an 'R' rating by the MPAA for Horrific Scenes of Code, and
Graphic Portrayals of Violence by its users.
Specificially stated, it b0rks up often, and usually without reason. Trick #1,
is wipe the disk partition table out with this command (Often referred to as the
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1
Then re-create the SGI Disklabel (Under eXpert menu), and see if that lets you
work fine. You may have to delete the Volume Header partition and re-create
that to make it larger (and it sometimes avoids the 1-0 start cylinder issue).
> 3) After working in the stupid backwards way to get myself a boot,swap and main
> partition, with of course the SGI volhdr and volume it now refuses to mount.
> The command
> mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/gentoo
> (mounting my main partition on the gentoo area)
> it returns a file or directory not found error, even though fdisk printout shows
> that sda3 exits.
Forget to format the partition? :)
You may also need to reboot to make the kernel pick up on the partitions, which
seems to be a new thing AFAICT, as I didn't have to deal with that before.
Again, blame fdisk.
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do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere." --Elrond
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