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Old 10-23-2009, 05:03 AM   #1
Alkisx
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Help on modifying the slackware dvd setup procedure


Hello again.

I had some issues on installing slackware64 on a server by using gpt instead of mbr, because of large raid.

I finally got it working (with my effort and with help from people of this forum), with no problems at all. I am thinking of posting a howto soon, in order to help people who want gpt (Unless there is already such a howto, so please let me know).

But I'd like (if it is possible) to go a little further. I want to modify the setup procedure in order to use parted to check the partitions and not fdisk (it that's the case).

And a second think also: If it would be possible for the same above reason (of using gpt) to also change the boot loader from lilo to grub, giving the opportunity to later create a completely installable dvd with no further steps for the user.

These days, the possibility of getting a server with raid devices more than 2Tb is very possible, so I think is crucial for slackware to have such support in a native way. Maybe this will make lot of people to switch distribution for their servers.

I pushed myself to the limits, delayed my server installation, first just for the slackware(64) 13 to be released, and then finding a way to install it with gpt support. I had the time and the way to delay it in the company I work, just to install Slackware and no other distribution. Not all other people will be able to to that (I mean the delay) and so they will end up rejecting Slack. I love Slackware, it is the only distro that makes me feel that the computer/server is mine.
I finally managed to get it work, gathering tips and opinions from people of this forum, and by searching, discovering and experimenting. Gathered all this information, and thank God, this information proved to be right! I had to go over some steps and I fortunately faced no errors. After this relief, I think it would be wise to help others.

Last edited by Alkisx; 10-23-2009 at 08:28 AM.
 
Old 10-23-2009, 05:45 AM   #2
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I started searching on the SlackDVD, and found the file Config.in in /source/installer/busybox-1.12.1.tar.bz2/util-linux directory.

Is it a good place to start?
 
Old 10-23-2009, 07:13 AM   #3
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Or maybe if there is a way to replace the fdisk on the util-linux of the slackdvd, with the gnu fdisk. I don't know how to do it, but I will continue searching. Any help on this?
 
  


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