hd* are your IDE drives: a is the first (master), b second etc. Your Zip
be either parallel or SCSI, either way it should look like SCSI since
are used (usually /dev/sda4, depending on the filesystem type you are
using), so hdd
should not be your Zip drive but some IDE device (maybe CD rom?).
I have usually had pretty good luck with fdisk. You need to decide
before hand how
to partition your drive. You MUST have at least two Linux partitions -
one for root
and one for swap. If you are starting with a totally clean disk, you can
partitions (fdisk d I think). Then, just add (n partition number 1 then
2) primary partitions.
You use the mount point "/" for root and there is no mount point for
default filesystem type should be ext2 for basic Linux and whatever the
number is for
swap - 82,83 something like that. You set these with the t fdisk
paramater. If you want
additional partitions for /usr, /local etc. - that is your choice - you
just need to make sure
the mount points are set properly. You can put your entire distribution
on one partition if you want. fdisk p displays the current settings and,
when you are ready, w writes these.
(These parameters are from memory - not guarunteed to all be correct,
but should be
close - the fdisk prompts should verify these).
That should take care of basic partitioning - the instalation should
continue and do formating and swap setup.
> I have system commander on this system, and it's giving
> me fits, as well, but....
> when i try to install redhat 5.2 (the kind you buy
> in the store--not downloaded) the *%$**&^* install
> business claims hdd (i guess the zip drive) is not
> ready, so i tell it to skip the disk, but then it
> won't look at the second IDE disk i've put on the
> i tried using fdisk, but i cannot decipher what
> i'm supposed to be telling it--namely, are eacy
> of these partitions things like /, /usr, swap,
> or is it a "great big linux area" which will later
> be chopped into /, /usr, swap....
> disk druid won't let me highlight the second (hdb)
> disk. i can arrow down to hda, but not hdb.
> any way to deal with that?
> i've had solaris installed on this disk, so i know
> i can make the thing function properly. but yanking
> the disk cable to do the install seems like it ought
> not be necessary.
> grumble, grumble.
> Head of Sun Support, Sr. Operating Systems Specialist
> Applied Research Labs, Computer Science Div.
> University of Texas at Austin