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I'm trying to install slackware on an old computer I have lying around that previously had redhat 8.0 on it. I downloaded the Iso and ran checksum and they were fine so I burned them and went to install them . I created a 360mb swap and set the rest of the harddrive as a root partition and selected instal almost all packages and started the installation. When the text installation got to the point where the menu said Installing package series ==>ap<== I got an error that said grep:/var/log/mount/slackware/ap/tagfile:Input/output error. It doesn't seems like the cd is corrupt or anything or else it wouldn't have passed checksum, Is there something I'm doing wrong or should I just redownload from another mirror?
You might consider obtaining a copy of Slackware Live 22.214.171.124 and testing your hardware.
Slack Live runs off you CDROM (like Knoppix) without installing anything on your HD.
yes i love slackware live if he has enough ram he shouldnt have problems but i have an old pc i am trying to do up and would like to put linux on and have been testing live cds on it only has 32mg of ram and slackware live wont startx but damn small linux will i might do a hd install with dsl because it only takes up 50mg for / and it only has a 409mg hd. dont know if this help at all ( more just a friendly comment). i havent put a swap partition on yet for your info after that i might have better luck good suggestion though.
I am having the same problem trying to install Slackware 9.1. I have Slackware 9.0 on CD which installed flawlessly on my computer. I downloaded the ISO image for 9.1 and burned it. I had exactly the same problem lasalsademuerte describes below. The A series installs fine and as soon as it gets to AP series there are multiple errors. I do not suspect the hardware because I then put the 9.0 CD back in and did a full install without a problem. I also tried it again downloading from another mirror site and had exactaly the same problem. I have 96 Meg of RAM and a 20 Gig hdd, 10G designated for Linux, 200Meg swap.
Well I got slack live and it runs fine so it seems like there may be something wrong with the disk or a hardware incompatibility issue, also the computer is relatively old so I was thinking maybe the harddrive has bad sectors, could that cause something like this?
Anything's possible, but if you checked your partitions when you set up Swap and / it should have been detected.
I did have on smidgeon of trouble on one box when installing Slack 9.1, but it turned out to be the CDROM drive motor going bad and shutting down right past midway point on disk #2 (darn drive had acted up once before and should have replaced then ~ they're not self healing)
You could always remove Slack and the Linux partitions and do a surface scan and check the HD under Windoze. Depends on how much time you have (and paitence) to do this.
Most probably that cd error, there has some error while in burning process.
Try to skip the package that make you "input/output error" and reinstall that package later from slackware.com in package section. I do that in 9.0 and it's worked
I don't suspect the hardware-I had been using Slackware 8 and had no problems. I did the change because I wanted things that are in Slackware 9 that aren't in 8.
I don't have the bandwidth (dialup) to do a download. The diskset live file showed no such problems as I had with the setup-It repeats the problem at every setup.
Were significant changes made on this CD that could cause this?
Hey! You can solve your problem by using the tagfiles in your Slackware Distribution cds.
Just read the cd-rom on another pc.
Mount your floppy, make the same directories as in your /mnt/cdrom/slackware directory in /mnt/floppy/ and copy
the tagfile file from each directory (a, ap, d , e, GNOME, KDE, KDEI etc.) in the appropriate directory.
Then boot from cd, create directory /tagfiles , insert your diskette, mount it as /tagfiles and when you are prompted for installation type, use the Tagfile installation and choose the directory /tagfiles.
Note. You can edit the tagfiles and ADD or SKP (skip) the packages being installed so that you wont be prompted at all while installing.