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Old 04-15-2004, 08:19 AM   #1
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Slackware install


I've installed slackware according to this tutorial http://www.bitbenderforums.com/vb22/...?postid=311808
and tried to edit the lilo file the way it told me. I got the file open and edited it the way i was supposed to...but then i couldn't figure out how to exit out and save the changes (yes, i know, i'm stupid). so i shut down my computer without saving the changes and when i started back up...linux wouldn't start. So i reinstalled linux once again according to the tutorial only this time i put the lilo file in the Master Boot Record whereas the first time i messed up and installed it to Root. Now I can't seem to even open the lilo file (i type in "emacs /etc/lilo" and it makes a new, blank file).

Help me please...
 
Old 04-15-2004, 08:30 AM   #2
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its lilo.conf

check for the complete name of the file by going into the etc directory: cd /etc then do: ls

you should see it in there as lilo.conf

then just: emacs lilo.conf
 
Old 04-15-2004, 08:35 AM   #3
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Thanks...how do i close out and save the changes that i make?

and one more question...everytime i start up it says something like "/dev/hda2 was not cleanly unmounted, checked forced"
what does that mean and how do i fix it...thank you for your time
 
Old 04-15-2004, 08:38 AM   #4
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Worked for me

I've installed slackware 9.1 several times, and yes, it's best to use the MBR for the boot loader.
I'm not sure whether you meant /etc/lilo.conf in your post, but that is the correct file.

If you are sure you cannot find it (do ls /etc to check) then you could always make your own. Lilo complains if it can't find something so it shouldn't ruin anything.

For starters, use this:

boot=/dev/hda
root=/dev/hda1 (Use your real root partition here. Check your /etc/fstab)
vga=normal
install=menu

image=/boot/vmlinuz (Check this is the link to your kernel: ls -l /boot/vmlinuz)
label=Slackware
read-only

Read man 5 lilo.conf for more information.

Hope this helps!
 
Old 04-15-2004, 08:38 AM   #5
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Originally posted by LordGoddard
Thanks...how do i close out and save the changes that i make?

and one more question...everytime i start up it says something like "/dev/hda2 was not cleanly unmounted, checked forced"
what does that mean and how do i fix it...thank you for your time
To save a file in Emacs use the key combination CTRL-x CTRL-s. To exit Emacs use CTRL-x CTRL-c.

About the unmounting, how are you shutting down your system? Are you simply powering it off when you are done or do you use a command as root to shutdown? To properly shutdown your machine enter, as root at a command prompt, init 0.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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ok, thank you, both responses are a huge help...i'm reinstalling slackware now...could you possibly tell me how to get to the desktop? thanks
 
Old 04-15-2004, 09:00 AM   #7
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ok, thank you, both responses are a huge help...i'm reinstalling slackware now...could you possibly tell me how to get to the desktop? thanks
Just log into your machine and type startx. To change what window manager/desktop you get when you run startx run xwmconfig and select the desired option.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 09:08 AM   #8
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thank you
 
Old 04-15-2004, 09:12 AM   #9
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i typed in "startx" and it didn't work. it said "startx not found" so i tried "start x" it said "star not found"
 
Old 04-15-2004, 10:21 AM   #10
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I assume you did a full install.

At a command prompt type in sta and then press the tab key a couple of times. I'm also assuming you are using the bash shell which is the default. What items show up? When I type sta and press tab I see this:

user@hostname:~$ sta
startkde startx startxfce4 stat states
 
  


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