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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:48 pm    Post subject: text install -- partitioning problem Reply with quote

Hi,
I have made myself a problem, and I don't know if it is serious or not. I am in the middle of installing gentoo over a different linux,
and I partitioned the disk planning to keep my old home partition as I have done many times before. I have booted the gentoo 2008.1 CD, because I had an unidentifiable problem getting the 2013 iso to recognise my card. I did a modprobe, and couldn't install the driver for some reason, and rather than waste time I just switched to the 2008 CD which I had handy. The 2008 disk picked up all the hardware with no problem. Did I mention that this is a Dell 4550 POS and that this was just going to be a quick and easy linux swap?

The problem is, that now the install script has failed, and I don't know the status of my partitions. I checked to see what was mounted in /mnt/gentoo,
and I have:
sdb1 NTFS
sdb2 /boot
sdb3 /swap
sdb6 /

The partition I wanted to use as home, is a reiserfs formatted with gentoo, and it is sdb5 on the drive. Does the fact that I can't see it using the mount command mean that it
wasn't mounted and won't be touched?
If so, I would be quite happy to go ahead and use the sdb6 partition for all the other / files including /home, and just link to my old home partition when the installation is complete. I am just concerned that now that I attempted to mount the old home partitiion, that I might over write it.
If I am going to be able to carry on, I am at the point where I could just start the text install and carry on, and ignore mounting the old home partition.

Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any GUI installer for Gentoo is long dead. It will not work or will give you a system that is DOA since it is so old.

My advice is to go to the nearest mirror and say hello to your new installer. You can then proceed when ready
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:10 am    Post subject: text install -- partitioning problem Reply with quote

I am not doing a GUI install. I am doing a text installation. The reason I am not using the newer ISO, which I have, is because I had a problem with getting the newer ISO to load ETH0. It makes no difference, I am in the middle of the problem and am worried that if I did shut down that my old home partition could be corrupted.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

df -h will show you what's mounted and where
Code:
me@Desktop ~ $ df -h
Filesystem                Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs                    9.8G 1013M  8.3G  11% /
devtmpfs                  1.9G     0  1.9G   0% /dev
tmpfs                     1.9G     0  1.9G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                     1.9G  656K  1.9G   1% /run
/dev/sdc3                 9.8G 1013M  8.3G  11% /
/dev/mapper/dt01-usr      9.8G  7.6G  1.7G  83% /usr
/dev/mapper/dt01-home     9.8G  8.0G  1.3G  87% /home
/dev/mapper/dt01-opt      4.8G  324M  4.3G   7% /opt
/dev/mapper/dt01-var      9.8G  1.2G  8.1G  13% /var
/dev/mapper/dt01-tmp      4.8G   59M  4.5G   2% /tmp
/dev/mapper/dt00-Portage   15G   12G  3.7G  76% /usr/portage
/dev/mapper/dt00-Video    100G   46G   55G  46% /home/me/Video
/dev/mapper/dt00-Music     50G   31G   20G  61% /home/me/Music
/dev/mapper/dt00-VMs       50G   34G   17G  68% /home/me/VMs
/dev/mapper/dt00-Wine      50G   14G   37G  27% /home/me/.wine
shm                       1.9G     0  1.9G   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sdd1                 3.8G   16K  3.8G   1% /media/PUBLIC
Shows what's currently mounted on my system.

Your root partition is what should be mounted at /mnt/gentoo
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:29 am    Post subject: text install -- partitioning problem Reply with quote

Thanks,
I had done a df -h and the partition showed that it wasn't mounted, and was reasonably sure I could just carry on with the installation and everything would be set up inside the new / partition. I just wanted to be certain that when I continued the install, that my attempt to mount the old home partition would have screwed something up. Now, I feel better about carrying on with the install.
Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I had a problem with getting the newer ISO to load ETH0

It is because there is no eth0 any more. Unless you take steps to have it named eth0.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:06 am    Post subject: text install -- partitioning problem Reply with quote

Thanks, I read the destructions and missed that. Using the new install iso, I typed net-setup eth0, and when I completed the settings for my network, it failed to work
I typed ifconfig eth0, got nothing and assumed that I needed to install the driver.
I'll have a look at dmesg
I had not been using gentoo lately and am coming back to gentoo and have missed any changes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:11 am    Post subject: [Solved] text install -- partitioning problem Reply with quote

I got distracted because I was doing another gentoo installation in a different box, but I solved the partition mystery. It has been awhile, and I forgot that the reason I always did a manual installation was to preserve my /home partition. I carried on with the install, wrote up the fstab with the old /home partition, and everything worked fine.

I also solved the other question I had relating to the naming of the network card. I used the command ifconfig, and found the name of the card is "enp3s0" , and was able to manually configure my static network with no problem.
It is amazing the little things i forget when I haven't done something for awhile.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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