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Old 08-18-2003, 07:53 AM   #1
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gentoo GRP install

Hi All,
I am a newbie to Gentoo. I tried to install stage3(from live cd) on my pentium 4 machine.I was installing on 2nd hard disk. there is no other os on the hard disk.I followed the following instruction, which has been followed by many Gentoo newbie:-
# fdisk
new harddisk install: boot 32M swap 512M / 3000M or even big

# mke2fs /dev/hdb1 (boot partition)
# mke2fs -j /dev/hdb3 (/ patition)
# mkswap /dev/hdb2

# swapon /dev/hdb2
# mount /dev/hdb3 /mnt/gentoo
# mkdir /mnt/gentoo/boot
# mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/gentoo/boot

# tar -xvjpf /mnt/cdrom/stages/stage3-pentium4-20030726.tar.bz2 -C /mnt/gentoo
# tar -xvjf /mnt/cdrom/snapshots/portage-20030731.tar.bz2 -C /mnt/gentoo/usr

# cp -R /mnt/cdrom/distfiles /mnt/gentoo/usr/portage/distfiles
# cp -a /mnt/cdrom/packages/ /mnt/gentoo/usr/portage/packages/

# mount -t proc proc /mnt/gentoo/proc
# cp /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/gentoo/etc/
# chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash
# PKGDIR=/usr/portage/packages/
# env-update
# source /etc/profile

# ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Austrlia/Sydney /etc/localtime

# nano /etc/fstab
/dev/hdb1 /boot ext2 noauto,noatime 1 2
/dev/hdb3 / ext3 noatime 0 1
/dev/hdb2 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,ro 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

# emerge -k sys-kernel/gentoo-sources
# emerge -K genkernel (-K must be big)
# genkernel (spent 1hour)
# emerge -k hotplug
# rc-update add hotplug default

# emerge -k app-admin/sysklogd
# rc-update add sysklogd default

# emerge -K sys-appsvcron
# rc-update add vcron default
# crontab /etc/crontab

# passwd
# useradd subhendu -m -G users,wheel,audio -s /bin/bash
# passwd subhendu

# echo SUBHENDU > /etc/hostname

# nano /etc/resolv.conf
# rc-update add net.eth0 default

# emerge -k lilo
my lilo.conf :-


append="root=/devram0 init=/linuxrc"

# USE="bindist" emerge -k xfree

# etc-update
# exit
# cd /
# umount /mnt/gentoo/boot && umount /mnt/gentoo/proc && umount /mnt/gentoo
# reboot

I am getting error when i am running /sbin/lilo:-
warning: /dev/hdb is not on the first disk.
warning: unable to determine the video adaptor in the system.
Added Gentoo
Fatal: NO image have been defined or default image does not exist.

when I run genkernel, I get the following error message:->
Copying to /boot/ can not start "/boot/": no such file or directory.

#On running "emerge -k hotplug" :->
Warning: the fxload program was specified off this package
Warning: emerge fxload if you need it.

I have tried to install Gentoo many times. But no result.
help please.
Old 08-18-2003, 03:01 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Boston, MA, USA
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Why are you using LILO? Gentoo installs usually use grub, which, IMHO, has better support for this kind of thing. The error messages indicate that lilo is trying to boot off your first disk, even when it shouldn't. I think you should install using grub, which will let you specify the second drive as "root (hd1)".
Old 08-18-2003, 03:54 PM   #3
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Ditto on the grub. It's also easier to use once you're used to it.
Old 08-18-2003, 04:47 PM   #4
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Fatal: NO image have been defined or default image does not exist.
well... which is it? that's a pretty concise error message...

as for that copy, you are clearly in the wrong directory... the error shows you are in /boot already...

but again, big up the grub massive...
Old 08-18-2003, 05:37 PM   #5
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I concur with those who like grub.

I just recently wrote a guide on gentoo installs using live cd's and grp

check out the link below and then the gentoo guide there if interested


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