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Dec 14, 2005 00:57 # 40998

charlie *** posts about...

Damn Small Linux install

So I tried to install DSL last night, and I got this error when I tried the dsl-hdinstall command:

/dev/hda1 is mounted.  will not make filesystem here!

When I use the command

# umount /dev/hda1

and try again, I get the same error.

Any ideas?

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Dec 14, 2005 01:56 # 41000

majic *** replies...

Re: Damn Small Linux install

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Are you trying to do this from an actual linux system? If so hda1 will be mounted because it's most likely your root filesystem. How exactly are you trying to install this? You cannot unmount your root filesystem if you are currently booted into it, well unless you shut down or switch to a read-only filesystem in another run level. =)

Of course I could be totally wrong. I've been using Linux since 1997 but I don't know everything. Haha.

Dec 16, 2005 02:14 # 41036

charlie *** replies...

Re: Damn Small Linux install

Are you trying to do this from an actual linux system? If so hda1 will be mounted because it's most likely your root filesystem.

I'm trying to switch over from SuSE to DSL. I'm booting off the CD and following these install instructions.

I've got some other fish to fry right now. But thanks for the help. I'll post after I try again.

Thanks to you too ginsterbusch, I love this distro. I just wish I could get it onto my HD.

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Dec 14, 2005 02:31 # 41001

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: Damn Small Linux install

Any ideas?

Not really - I never ran into that problem although I've been using DSL for nearly 2 years by now. But the following questions might help finding a solution:

a) have you already done a search through the DSL Support forums? if not, give it a try. Maybe someone else encountered this problem, too.

b) which install way did you try? AFAIK there are many different, including the frugal install and the normal one - each one has a different function: if I remember correctly, the first one does a full install whilest the last one only does put the compressed data onto hd, but still performing stuff like partitioning, creating boot manager, etc. Maybe it's also the other way round, dont remember exactly at this time (it's short before 3 a.m. and I'm bloody tired because of some other shit I've been working on today)

c) what is currently installed on your system? pure linux install? already partitioned system? etc.

d) other troubles could be: too new system or components of the system, some system components (esp. the HDD controller etc.) making trouble etc. Do you have some RAID installed to your PC? maybe DSL doesnt like it/no proper drivers are available for them

e) which DSL version did you use for installation? if it's the latest (2.0) one, give an earlier version instead a try. Maybe it works for you using version 1.5 instead.

cu, w0lf.

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Dec 16, 2005 02:31 # 41037

charlie *** replies...

Re: Damn Small Linux install

which install way did you try?

Like I said, I just followed these instructions.

what is currently installed on your system? pure linux install? already partitioned system?

It's currently running SuSE, and I followed the partitioning directions in the instructions.

which DSL version did you use for installation?

This is DSL 1.5 I tried to install.

other troubles could be: too new system or components of the system, some system components (esp. the HDD controller etc.) making trouble etc.

Here are the specs for my Linux box. The only difference is that I have an ATI 32MB PCI video card instead of the onboard. Nothing special.

Thanks again.

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Dec 17, 2005 22:50 # 41081

charlie *** replies...

Got it!

The instructions from the wiki that linked to the actual instructions were confusing. They should just rewrite the instructions.

I was trying to format my partition that was already in use. So I formatted the other section and it worked fine.

I love this. It boots so much faster.

Now for some new questions:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of choosing LILO instead of GRUB for a bootloader?

And how do I update DSL? YOU was pretty easy with SuSE.

Thanks for putting up with a newbie. :)

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Dec 18, 2005 22:02 # 41092

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: Got it!

You mean adding new or updated packages to your existing install? There are several ways to do so:

- use apt-get on the command line
- use dselect also on the command line
- use Synaptic which basically does the same as dselect but has a graphical interface (GUI) ie. works inside X

Handle with care - better have a look at the DSL apt-get forum before you accidently break anything. ;)

cu, w0lf.

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This post was edited by ginsterbusch on Dec 18, 2005.

Dec 20, 2005 23:20 # 41125

majic *** replies...

Re: Got it!

I was trying to format my partition that was already in use.

Haha, isn't that what I told you in my reply?

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Dec 21, 2005 05:52 # 41132

charlie *** replies...

Re: Got it!

Yeah, yeah.

Marvel at my stupidity. :P

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Jan 03, 2006 01:37 # 41264

ContingencyPlan * replies...

Re: Got it!

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of choosing LILO instead of GRUB for a bootloader?

I started using GRUB a few years ago, and never looked back. For me, the main advantage is that you don't have to reload GRUB every time you install a new kernel (an annoyingly easy step to forget). All you have to do is modify your grub.conf and reboot. Also, I find the options clearer than LILO, and you can set it up where it automatically boots into the last OS you booted to (useful if you're just doing a quick reboot to the same OS you're in now). I don't know if they've fixed that, but last I used LILO, you had to punch in the right number for the OS. GRUB uses a menu-based system, which I find more intuitive.

But all this is personal opinion - I'd suggest trying both out and seeing which you like more.

I'll see your two cents, and raise you a dollar... :)


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