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carlosinfl 02-24-2007 12:53 PM

Installation Fails To Install Software
 
Got my new PC built today. I guess I am confused because it fails during the software installation section. It gets as far as asking me what software I want and clearly only select:

- Desktop Software
- Base System

Now it starts loading software and then eventually I get a big "RED" screen that indicates a failure during the section "Software Selection".

I am wondering if this is caused by the way I have my two SATA drives partitioned?

SCSI0 = sda - Western Digital 2500JD

/boot = 250 MB
/ = 400 MB
/var = 1024 MB
/usr = 1024 MB
swap = 2048 MB
/tmp = 800 MB
Free Space = 24X.XX GB

SCSI1 = sdb - Western Digital 2500JD

/home = 250 GB

Is there a reason why it fails to install software? Can I have my /home partition on a seperate disk /dev/sdb and the rest of the system on /dev/sda?

Thanks for any info!

Dutch Master 02-24-2007 01:58 PM

Your problem hasn't so much to do about partitions, but all with the SATA choice you made. Currently, there still are issues with installing Debian on SATA disks, do I recommend to get yourself a small IDE disk, have the base system reside on that and use the SATA disks for /home. This is exactly what I did last year when installing Sarge (later: Etch) to my server on a (then) brandnew AM2 platform.

carlosinfl 02-24-2007 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dutch Master
Your problem hasn't so much to do about partitions, but all with the SATA choice you made. Currently, there still are issues with installing Debian on SATA disks, do I recommend to get yourself a small IDE disk, have the base system reside on that and use the SATA disks for /home. This is exactly what I did last year when installing Sarge (later: Etch) to my server on a (then) brandnew AM2 platform.

Sorry, I disagree. The problem was due to me issuing enough space when indiivually partition the disks. /var and /usr were getting full to the point it was unable to install the requested software I selected and would bomb out. A simple resizing of the partitions and everything is great. Debian has no problems with SATA any longer.

Code:

hammer:/home# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1            464M  132M  308M  31% /
tmpfs                1007M    0 1007M  0% /lib/init/rw
udev                  10M  84K  10M  1% /dev
tmpfs                1007M    0 1007M  0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda2            464M  18M  422M  5% /boot
/dev/sdb1            230G  251M  218G  1% /home
/dev/sda6            183M  5.6M  168M  4% /tmp
/dev/sda3            1.9G  1.6G  231M  88% /usr
/dev/sda5            1.9G  678M  1.2G  38% /var



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