First and foremost, I am a Linux newbie.
I encountered a problem while installing RH 5.1. I hope someone can
help me here.
This is my first attempt at installing (and using) RedHat Linux 5.1.
I had followed the instructions given in the RH Installation manual,
while installing the os. However, the output of two steps are
different from the ones illustrated in the manual. The problems are:
1. I had used Disk Druid to create my partitions (these partitions are
created as recommended in the manual):
/ - 76mb (hda1)
/usr - 700mb (hda5)
/home - 124mb (hda6)
swap - 120mb (hda7)
/usr/local - 100mb (hda8)
/usr/src - 100mb (hda9)
After following the steps until after I have chosen "Everything" when
asked to select packages for installing, the system skipped the
formatting of the partitions (I had chosen all partitions to be
formatted). The manual clearly states that the partitions should be
formatted at this stage, but it did not. Instead, it proceeds to the
stage with "Running" as the name of the window. In the window, ext#s
are being created in the various hda#s (Don't tell me this is actually
the formatting?). After this, the installation of all the packages
Did I miss out any steps which result in the non formatting of the
partitions? (I followed the installation manual strictly)
2. At the last stage of my installation (LILO Installation), after the
part where I was asked if I needed to pass any boot options to the
kernel, the installation just ended (with a message telling me that
the installation was successful). I was not given the opportunity to
select a boot partition as illustrated in the installation guide.
Anyone has any idea why this is so?
After rebooting, I was only able to boot using the boot disk which was
created during the installation process. Without the boot disk I will
get error messages telling me that there is no active partition. I
deduced that this is the result of the skipped final step of my
installation as mentioned above.
With this deduction in mind, I tried installing again to see if I had
missed out on any options. This time, I chose fdisk instead of Disk
Druid. I discovered that there is an option "a" which allows us to
select a boot partition. This compensated for the skipped final step
in my previous installation as mentioned above. After fdisk, according
to the manual, I am supposed to be automatically rebooted, but it did
not. I was allowed to continue with the installation. Again, when the
time came for the partitions to be formatted, it was skipped.
Does anyone has any idea why I did not get the same output as
described in the manual even though I had followed the instructions in
the manual strictly?
Thanks for any help.