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Old 02-05-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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Formatting Issues Slackware 9.1


OK, I've set up the partitions and am now trying to run Slackwares setup. My issue is that it hangs on formatting the swap partition every time. I mean, maybe it doesn't hang, but a 512Meg partition CAN'T possibly take over a half an hour to check and format. Thoughts? I've repartioned several times and let it chug away several times, but have yet to see it get past attempting to partition the swap drive. Thanks.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 10:57 AM   #2
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Have you tried doing it manually?

After creating your partitions in cfdisk or fdisk, etc, before going into the setup, try adding the swap manually. If it adds it with no problems, then skip the step in 'setup' and try to continue from there.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 10:59 AM   #3
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how do you add the swap manually?
 
Old 02-05-2004, 11:03 AM   #4
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how do you add the swap manually?
Whatever partition you've created and identified as a Linux Swap ( ID 82 ) in cfdisk when selecting the type, just do this:

# swapon /dev/hdXX

Where XX is the letter of the drive followed by the partition number, etc.

If you do it this way and it works, just make sure upon first boot, you might need to add the swap to your fstab file, etc.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 11:07 AM   #5
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I appreciate the help. After leaving it for the last hour and 37 minutes, (You start counting after several failed tries), it succeeded. Now I just need to hope that the other HDs do not take as long proportionally.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 01:21 PM   #6
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if i remember correctly, there is an option to check for bad blocks; try turning this off if it is there.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 01:03 AM   #7
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if i remember correctly, there is an option to check for bad blocks; try turning this off if it is there.
Agreed. It had NO issues with my root HD. 1 gig checked and formatted in seconds. I thought I was fine. 2 hours later the next partition wouldn't format. Went with quick format and it went well. Hey, it's running, I couldn't ask for much more from an OS Ive never used.
 
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I like the way you think!
 
  


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