Bug 3589

Summary: Installation nightmare
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: cadaver
Component: installerAssignee: Matt Wilson <msw>
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Version: 6.0CC: nondrejk
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Hardware: i386   
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Description cadaver 1999-06-19 02:23:26 UTC
Nightmare installing Linux RedHat 6.0 ( lrh6 )

I use a 486 System, with a 4.2 Gb Ide disk and my partirion
looks as follows:

NTFS ~ 3Gb | Linux primary ~ 1Gb | Linux Swap ~ 80Mb | Dos

All four partitions was primary. I began the linux
using the cd method. First I used the 'workstation' option.
Then I used
'custom' option because the 'workstation' doesn't gives the
to (de)select packages. The installation ended a couple of
times with
the message 'not enough space on the destionation drive' -
a horror.
After quick look at the consoles and a couple of new tries
I was
astonished - obviously the setup tries to install the
packages on the
swap partition!!! Irestarted, deleted the partion and
creted them again -
nothing new. After a couple of tries I was convinced that
both fdisk and
disk druid are creating extended partitions. Fdisk didn't
ask for the type
of partition. This impressed me and after a little
hesitation I backuped
the fourth ( dos ) partition and deleted it. This time the
	Obviously, the problem is in both fdisk and disk
druid - they can't
successfully update the partition table by such a

disk | free space | disk

but this is a software error, isn't it?

After installing all the packages I setup all of the system
and - ...
a lilo problem. By successful installation I have used the
disk druid
and now I have following disk configuration:

ntfs | extended ( linux primary, linux swap, dos ).

Why doesn't disk druid asks what type of partition to
create - primary or

Neither installing lilo in the boot sector of the extended
( as described by docs ) nor in the boot sector of the
linux primary
partition works. By intsalling it in the boot sector of
extended partition
it dies LIL-. The documantation doesn't helps much. To
install lilo in
MBR wasn't an option. So - I started the installation
again, deleted all
partitions except the ntfs one and use the fdisk to create
four primary
partitions. This was all. Now I have a couple a questions:
	1) I am using linux since years and I really think
rh is the one of the
best distributions, but why there isn't a way to install
the system
having a lot of more control over the installation process
( even in
console mode, as in the old versions ). Having a good
program is very important for users too. I could imagine
what a user
installing linux for first time would do in my position -
the cd out
through the window... I have installed Windows ( all ) a
houndred:) of
times and I never had such a problem. The installation must
works in
every situation...
	2) What's the problem with the disks? Only a fdisk
and disk druid bug?
	3) The documentation states that lilo could boot
from extended
partition. I didn't succeed. Is it possible and how. The
documentation is
written not for a user. It gives the configuration but
didn't explorers
the problemswith examples. This isn't the appropriate way
of writting
user documentation but If I had had rh printed manuals, I
would know :)

Best regards

PS: Maybe is too long for a bugtrack:) Excuse me!