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I just installed Mandrake 10.1, the first, beta 1 version, without any hitches. I was previously running RH 9, which I opted to format completely from my existing partitions, and keep the existing partitions layout. I choose / as the boot (not sure if I should have chosen /boot, but that doesn't seem to be the problem here.).
There was no error during installation, however, upon booting, I get this error:
/etc/hotplug/usb.rc: line 1 - wc: command not found
/etc/hotplug/usb/rc: line 230: [: -lt unary operator expected
fsck.ext3: unable to resolve 'LABEL /'
Failed to check filesystem. Do you want to repair the errors ? (Y/N)
(beware you can lose data)
/etc/hotplug/usb.rc: line 1: which: command not found
** can't synthesize root hub events
Whether I press Y or N, I get booted into a default root console, where onlt the / filesystem is mounted as Read-only, but /usr and /home have to be manually mounted (which is, I guess, where commands like wc and which are located...)
I went home, racked my head, and tinkered around in the rescue mode until I realised the /etc/fstab file generated by the installation program had some hitches: the / partition's device was not specified, it was merely: LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1, etc.
So I changed that, and it booted near-perfectly.
The second problem was X wouldn't start as the /etc/X11/XFree86Config file didn't have a 'Device section'. there was a backup of XFree86Config, however, that had the correct sections, I just added the required mode 800x600 that I wanted in front of the Virtual keyword and it boots perfectly now.
All my hardware, including my external 40gb Toshiba hard disk (with a VIPower casing) is detected. (It was a problem on RH 9).