After a complete slack 14.0 64 install omitting lilo, and then boot up from the install dvd and attempting to mount /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 /mp (just a mount point in ramdisk) I get mount: unknown filesystem type 'VMFS_volume_member'. Initially (a year ago or so) I installed VMWare ESXi on this box. I thought I had completely removed it by repartitioning and reformatting the logical drive in the HP P400 Smart RAID.
So, I discovered here: http://serverfault.com/questions/372...ct-information
"For this case you need to erase more than 1 MiB to kill the old VMFS superblock:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb1 bs=4M count=1
According to the blkid sources, the VMFS volume member superblock is located at the 1024 KiB offset from the start of partition, and the VMFS filesystem superblock is at the 2048 KiB offset, so erase 4 MiB just to be sure."
So, I followed the instructions, went through repartitioning and reformatting the logical drive again and the install again.
When finished, I rebooted the install dvd and attempted to mount /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 on /mp and it mounted. Unfortunately, ... there was nothing on it except the directory "/lost+found".
So, I ran setup again and noticed that the partitions it found were /dev/cciss/c0d01 through /dev/cciss/c0d04 NOT /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 through /dev/cciss/c0d0p4.
Also, setup detected /dev/cciss/c0d02 as linux type (not swap type which it was) and informed me that I didn't create an fdisk swap partition.
I then looked at /dev/block or /dev/cciss (can't remember now where I found them) after booting again from the dvd and found that all the c0d0's were missing the "p" before the partition number.
I made symlinks from the c0d0's w/o the p's to c0d0's with the p's and for the first time setup saw the swap partition and actually installed everything on the drive.
Unfortunately, it listed all the partitions in fstab without the p's, so I had to edit that.
Anyway, I finally have it booting via the internal usb drive that is now using syslinux and mounting root=/dev/cciss/c0d0p1.
So, ... SOLVED!
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