I have a configuration where my /boot directory is
on /dev/hda1, with my / directory on /dev/hda7. If I try to
set this up in the linuxconf lilo configuration, it does
not let me specify /dev/hda7 as root - it says that this is
not a Linux partition (even though fdisk shows it as type
83 and it's mounted just fine as my root). I have to edit
the lilo.conf file by hand (this works fine).
What's worse is that the installation created a fine
lilo.conf file with /dev/hda7 as root. All I wanted to do
was change the vga setting.
Jacques, are there any known bugs regarding parsing fdisk output?
*** Bug 6985 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Solved in 1.16r7 and further enhanced in 1.16r8
We'll be making an errata release of 1.16r10 or later soon that will
include this fix, after we do appropriate testing.
I also have verified this issue but also testing it with several different types
and even the "stock" workstation installation on 2 different machines here. Also
the same conditions happen if you compile your own kernel and try to install it
via linuxconf. It will not accept a valid root partition on any drive.