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Old 01-14-2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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Install error: fatal error attempting to install <pkgpath & name>


So I'm loading Slack 10 to recover from the disk problems I had the other night. Every time I start the package install, I receive the above error on various packages.

I've been trolling LQ & google and have tried the following

boot with 'bare.1 ide=nodma'
redownloaded the ISOs from a separate mirror
reburnded the CDs at lowest speed & on different media (manuf.)
Run Check during format on each partition (except /usr where I'm preserving data)
Swapped CD drives

This is exasperating. I've loaded Slack on two different boxes and this is a repeat install for this box. I've never had this problem before.

I'm looking for any leads. (Could there be a problem with the public ISOs?


Setup:
Micron 400MHz PII
320 MB RAM
8GB boot drive (4GB root)
40GB data drive (/usr 24GB), /var 14GB, swap)

I've been working this for 4 hours so I'm gonna crash whilst you brainstorm. And if anyone wants to fix this while I sleep - feel free

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Old 01-16-2005, 11:37 PM   #2
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Yah, I would have put money on the bad media problem... but you seem to have done a great deal with this.

I would MD5 checksum the ISO files that you are burning, then the burned CDs.

Also, I would check the IDE cable being used...

If this does not make any progress. . . I would copy the install directories to your hard drive and install directly from a drive. (installing from an NFS server also would work either from the net or from your network)

keep us posted on this, I hope this helps. . . .

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Old 01-17-2005, 12:05 PM   #3
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I think I've found it. The beginning of this saga was when my slack 9.1 system hung hard and had to be powered off/on. I thought the problem was with my boot drive. I was rebuilding using a new drive. Turns out the problem was with my data drive (where /usr resides) and as I tried to rebuild I kept hitting errors there. I have to replace it before I can move forward. Just hope my backups are good <g>

Thanks
 
Old 01-25-2005, 12:34 PM   #4
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One more follow-up. After replacing the drive and trying another install, I was still getting the same error. It was at that point I started removing DIMMS. After the second was removed, the problem abated.

So now I have a new drive, am awaiting memory and seem to be on the way towards better system health.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 03:16 PM   #5
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I'm having the same problem, but only with the first disc. I have redownloaded a few times from different locations and burned at different speeds as well.

It only happens about 5 - 7 times on disc 1, and I believe all of the packages are optional, or so I thought. The second CD works without a hitch. So after the install I booted up, but it was giving me errors when I was trying to log in, so I guess some of the packages were necesary.

Anyways, I'm trying to install from a directory on a separate partition(a partition for my XP install, /dev/hdc5)but it's not seeing the path. I noticed that it said it could install from FAT and linux partitions, this is NTSF so does that mean I need to create a fat partition and then copy the installation files there?

I can't take out any ram I only have one stick
 
Old 02-10-2005, 04:14 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by toug

Anyways, I'm trying to install from a directory on a separate partition(a partition for my XP install, /dev/hdc5)but it's not seeing the path. I noticed that it said it could install from FAT and linux partitions, this is NTSF so does that mean I need to create a fat partition and then copy the installation files there?
I ran the install from disk and it worked well. I haven't tried the FAT partition, but if that's what the install instructions say...

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Old 02-10-2005, 05:23 PM   #7
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do you have any other suggestions for why my CD might not be working?
 
Old 02-10-2005, 06:15 PM   #8
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Did you check the md5 signature of the .iso file? The md5 signature should match what's on the download server.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 08:35 PM   #9
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I'm having issues with this as well. :?

When I picked up the computer new I couldn't do a CD install of Slack, I chalked it up to the medium as they were both from the same spindle and colored CDs. I'd used them for my laptop but for the new desktop they didn't work.

I bought some new CDs, normal CD-Rs just to make ISOs on. Thought that would fix the problem. Nope. Ok, no problem, copied the information to the HD and started install using a partition on my HD.

Now I'm trying to upgrade to 10.1 and it won't even let me do a HD install without giving the same errors. So thinking it might be a bad CD I went back, copied the 10.0 CDs back onto the HD. Still giving me error messages. What gives?

I can't install any Slackware at all on this system now?????

How would I check my RAM? I only have have one bank of RAM (IIRC).

Grrr, the computer is about 1 month old...
 
Old 02-10-2005, 08:45 PM   #10
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I'm beginnning to think that either the quality of the CD-R or the CD recording process in general is to blame.. While this has worked for me real well in several Slack installs, other times it has not. You might try burning a Cd on another PC and using another CD-R manufacturer.

Anyone else have ideas?
 
Old 02-10-2005, 11:31 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by gmartin
I'm beginnning to think that either the quality of the CD-R or the CD recording process in general is to blame.. While this has worked for me real well in several Slack installs, other times it has not. You might try burning a Cd on another PC and using another CD-R manufacturer.

Anyone else have ideas?
CD Quality doesn't explain mine. See my post, I tried to install from my HD and it gave me the same error now that I got from a CD based installation.

Also, I just used my new 10.1 CDs to install on my laptop I'm using right now...
 
Old 02-11-2005, 12:47 PM   #12
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I'm more or less convinced mine is hardware related since day one.

The CD's I used for the installation that failed worked everytime on my laptop I'm using right now to type this.

Question is what hardware and where do I start to figure this out?

It's practically a brand new computer (one month old). Just not sure how to tell them "Slackware won't install so I think I have a hardware problem"...
 
Old 02-11-2005, 07:15 PM   #13
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Ok, I hit enter through all the errors and ALL the xap directory installed with no errors but every other directory had errors.

This was off the hard drive not CD.

Sooo does anyone have any suggestions or am I just SOL here?
 
Old 02-12-2005, 10:34 AM   #14
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Yeah, I have no clue and I would really like to get this resolved too.
 
Old 02-12-2005, 10:36 AM   #15
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I just tried Ubuntu this AM for S&Gs.

No luck. Same type of error, won't load the package information off the CD.

Guess I'm due for some warantee work.
 
  


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