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Old 02-24-2007, 12:53 PM   #1
carlosinfl
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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!
 
Old 02-24-2007, 01:58 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 02-24-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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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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