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>: |> Now, when I try to use setup or pkgtool, the screen goes blank
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There was a problem in a slackware distribution I got (from sunsite) about
6 mo's to a year ago (it was for 1.1.59 Linux) which sounds similar.
setup and pkgtool worked OK from the root disk which the system was installed
on, but not from the hard disk. The problem was with some library file or
something that was corrupted on the a series disk, but OK on the root disk.
Unfortunately, can't remember which file (am trying to figure out, since it
was a machine on work that I encountered this on. I recently upgraded my home
machine from an ancient 0.99.14 to 1.2.3, and redid the a disks as well, the
same ones used for the 1.1.59 machine at work, and forgot about the problem
with setup. Can't seem to find the file, though-- dates not giving much
of a clue.) But there is a simple fix of copying some files from the root
disk (I believe /lib) to your lib (though I won't guarantee it was a lib file).
But if you aren't as lazy as me, you can mount your root disk, (eg
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt) and compare files in /mnt/lib and /lib, etc. I warn
you that some libraries on the root disk are "light" versions of what should
be on your system, so blindly copying is problably not wise. But copy the
correct one should fix the problem.