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Old 02-01-2004, 09:14 PM   #1
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Unhappy RedHat 9.0 Installation Error


Hi i'm new so this will be my first question

I'm trying to install RedHat 9.0 server on a laptop (pentium +/- 266Mhz, 96ram, 3,8 gig HD)
the first time I took the automatic partition installion , went true the setup and when redhat is trying to copy the installation file the system hangs with the error: (it was in dutch so i give it a short english description)

An error occured while copying the installation file to your hard disk. Probably your harddisk is out of space.

Well that was the first try

Then I tried it with the automatic partition installation again, this time i changed the settings for "/boot" "/" and the swap partition.
"/boot" to 200 MB
"/" to 1500 MB and Fill to maximum allowable size
and swap to 1024MB and Fill to maximum allowavble size

again true the whole installation procces and again while copying the installation file the same error (run out of disck space)

anybody of you can help me please?

thanks.

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Old 02-01-2004, 09:46 PM   #2
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Are you trying to dual boot this with Windows, or will you only be using Linux?
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:48 PM   #3
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Only Linux on the laptop.

(Toshiba 4000CDS)
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:54 PM   #4
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well, that's odd. I assume then, that you have an empty (unformatted) hard drive?
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:56 PM   #5
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I have no idea! the drives are first formatted before installation begins so thatīs not the problem I think

With some extra information, this is the standard partitioning table:

Hard Drives[list]
Code:
DEVICE       MOUNT  TYPE   FORMAT   SIZE   Start  END
Hard Drives
  /dev/hda1  /boot  ext3   yes        98       1   25
  /dev/hda2  /      ext3   yes      3622      26  945
  /dev/hda3         swap   yes       189     946  993
And i make changes to
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DEVICE       MOUNT  TYPE   FORMAT   SIZE   Start  END
Hard Drives
  /dev/hda1  /boot  ext3   yes       201       1   51
  /dev/hda2  /      ext3   yes      2205      52  611
  /dev/hda3         swap   yes      1504     612  993

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Old 02-01-2004, 10:07 PM   #6
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Do you need Redhat 9.0? Can you use another distro?
I have sometimes found problems trying to install Linux on a desktop or laptop PC. In one case I tried 2 differenct distos, and the 3rd one finally worked.

By the way, your /boot partition (in most cases) should not be larger than about 100mb, and your SWAP partition should not be larger than about 256mb. A rule of thumb for the SWAP would be 1.5 - 2.0 times your physical RAM.
 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:12 PM   #7
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take a look at the partition table above, thatīs how I tried it both
 
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Also, these days a 3 or 4 GB hard drive is not exactly large (ie: I have a 40GB hard drive in my laptop). So, be careful when doing the install. If you select too many compenents for the install, you can easily run out of hard disk space. The Anaconda Installer in RH should tell you how large the install is.

In any event, try setting your partitions as follows (in order):

/Boot = 100MB
/SWAP = 256MB
/ = maximum allowable
 
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Your swap file is way too big. It is 1.5GB!! It should only be about 256MB.
 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:18 PM   #10
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In fact, you should have taken the standard suggested partitioning scheme as suggested, and not changed it. The one suggested was about right. ie:

100mb for boot
2 x RAM for swap
and the rest for /
 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:22 PM   #11
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Okay, i'll give this one a try then:
Code:
DEVICE       MOUNT  TYPE   FORMAT   SIZE   Start  END
Hard Drives
  /dev/hda1  /boot  ext3   yes       102       1   51 (Fixed size)
  /dev/hda2  /      ext3   yes      3548      27  611 (Fill to maximum allowable size)
  /dev/hda3         swap   yes       256     924  992 (Fill all space up to (MB) 256
  Free              swap   yes         4     993  993
 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:34 PM   #12
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I think you should let it do an AUTO partition, but anyway .....

As far as I can remember, the partition tool in Redhat lets you size partitions by first telling it what type, i.e. Swap, Ext2, Ext3, Reiser .... then where to mount the partition, and then the size. In size, I recall doing it like this:

+256MB (or whatever size you want).

I would prefer to make the partitions a FIXED size. That's why I would make the /Boot first (100MB), /Swap second (200MB), and then let the / partition be whatever is left over at the end.

The one you show above has a small 4mb leftover bit that shows up as another swap, but I don't see any reason why this scheme will not work.
 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:45 PM   #13
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That will be my last try with redhat then, now i'll make it like this:
/boot has a 100MB
swat a 200MB
and / the rest
Code:
DEVICE       MOUNT  TYPE   FORMAT   SIZE   Start  END
Hard Drives
  /dev/hda1  /boot  ext3   yes        98       1   25 (Fixed size)
  /dev/hda2         swap   yes       201      26   76 (Fixed size)
  /dev/hda3  /      ext3   yes      3611      77  993 (Fill to maximum allowable size)
 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:53 PM   #14
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yes, that should work just fine! Good luck.

 
Old 02-01-2004, 10:56 PM   #15
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fuck it, same error again!
this is what I get:

Code:
An error occurred transfering the install image to your hard drive. You are probably out of disk space.
 
  


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