Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 11604
Can't perform paritionless installation on DELL Laptop
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:55 EDT
Using Red Hat 6.1 tried to install a paritionless installation to test to
see of Red Hat 6.1 and my DELL Latitude CPi Model: PPL would work before
commiting the system to Linux. The DELL, running Win/98 has 6GB hard drive,
3.19GB used by Win/98, 2.70GB free -- as window reports on the disc
properties. Additionally has 128MB, DELL 24x CD-ROM, DELL floppy, DELL
10/100 LAN+56K Modem Cardbus by 3COM model 3CCFEM656, DELL Logitech 2
button mouse (or touch pad), LCD screen (Neomagic MagicMedia 256AV, I
think) and an optional LS120 floppy drive united (not used in this
I boot from the CD and perform an EXPERT installation. I get all the way
through to the Red Hat GUI Installation and use Disk Druid to choose the
DOS (FAT) Partition to define as "/" (as shown on section B.2.2 Using Disc
Druid). The following is displayed:
Mount Point Device Requested Actual Type
<not set> hda1 6047M 6047M WIN95 FAT32
<not set> hda2 133M 133M 0x84
Drive Geom Total Free Used Used %
hda 789/255/63 6189M 8M 6181M 99%
I highlight hda1 and select EDIT. Then in the next window it shows similar
to figure B-2 Editing a DOS (FAT) Partition (except the size is 6047). I
type in the "/" for root and click on OK. I get the error message "The
mount point is illegal. System partitions must be on Linux Native
Partitions". This is where I stop.
I have ordered the latest Red Hat version, but it will take some time for
me to get it. Is this a mistake on my part assuming that Red Hat will just
create a file to install the Linux system under the DOS file type and pump
the directory structure into it (much like some databases use a single file
and directly read/write a pseudo structure into it)?
There is a small confussion that shows up in the Disk Druid GUI window --
it does not show the spare space that the Win/98 showed for the Win98 FAT32
system. Do I misunderstand the Disk Druid display?
My only reason to test this way before wiping out Windows and doing a
standard Linux partitioning and install, was to see that Linux would work
on a DELL laptop. Any sage advice?
Assigned to test lab to attempt to reproduce.
partitionless installs first appeared in Red Hat Linux 6.2; and is not an option
in 6.1 ...
please let us know if you are unable to perform a partitionless install using
6.2 ... thanks for your report!