Bug 18016 - Post-install "lilo" installation fails when installing on partition above 8GB limit
Post-install "lilo" installation fails when installing on partition above 8GB...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2000-10-01 06:54 EDT by daniel.deimert
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:28 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-24 16:03:59 EDT
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Description daniel.deimert 2000-10-01 06:54:48 EDT
Using the text-mode installer I was able to install using automatic
partitioning a 18GB HD.  The partitions created were well above the 8GB
limit and was closer to the end of the HD.

When post-install executed lilo, a cryptic error message was printed on
screen, and no clear warning was given that the install was going to fail.  

I had a boot disk and booted from this and found that the system had used
the "linear" keyword in /etc/lilo.conf even though you're shipping a lilo
with LBA32 support.  Changing linear to lba32 and rerunning lilo made the
harddisk bootable.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-10-02 18:27:26 EDT
What happens to be the geometry and final partition table for the drive in
question (you can attach the
output from 'fdisk -l <device>', where <device> is problem /dev/hda for the
first IDE drive, or /dev/sda for the
first SCSI drive?
Comment 2 daniel.deimert 2000-10-05 15:27:42 EDT
[root@localhost /root]# fdisk -l /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 2748 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1      2422  19454683+   c  Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda2          2423      2425     24097+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3          2426      2748   2594497+   5  Extended
/dev/hda5          2426      2739   2522173+  83  Linux
/dev/hda6          2740      2748     72261   82  Linux swap

Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2000-10-06 17:47:33 EDT
What kind of 'automatic partitioning' did you do?  I have not been able to get
this result.
Comment 4 daniel.deimert 2000-10-08 09:26:38 EDT
I can't see why it should matter, but before I installed, the Win95 partition
spanned the entire disk - there was only one partition.  I shrunk the size of
that using Partition Magic 5.0 to make room for a 7.0 install.
I had to do a text-mode install due to PS/2 mouse problems in the graphic
Then I just selected the workstation install and let the installer partition the
disk as it pleased. 
Comment 5 Michael Fulbright 2000-10-24 16:03:57 EDT
Please let us know if you have any further problems.

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