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Old 08-12-2004, 10:11 AM   #1
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Mandrake 9 base hdlist question

-------between lines is important. After lines is just a bonus -------

I have Mandrake 9.0 (Dolphin) on a disk but the file is corrupted/scratched/stuffed. I copied all the rest of the files to a folder on my hdd and thought I could just get the corrupted one off the net.
I found 2 sites that has the distro of 9.0 (Dolphin) but they have the wrong hdlist files. (see below)

I have: 5433kb 5.130kb 3.384kb
total 13994kb

The distro's I have found has: 13.2mb

http;// 14.3mb 6.3mb

The question I pose is:
Will the 13.2mb file work if I was to delete hdlist 1,2 and 3 and replace it with the the 13.2mb one?

Thank you in advance

------------------Bonus help-------------------------------------------------------
Also has anyone ever had IO problems installing MDK 10?
I cant get my 10 distro to install at all and it freezes my computer. I got the 4 disk set off the front of a NEXT publishing book and it failed so I got another copy and it failed again.

System is:
P1 233mmx
3.2 gb fireball
128mb of Sdram
s3 virge/dx

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Old 08-13-2004, 02:30 AM   #2
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This may be of some help. I haven't tried it personally though

To generate a file so that urpmi can use it to do stuff
Make a directory and put all the RPMs in it that you want in the list. As root, cd into the directory containing the RPMs. As root still, type genhdlist ./

After completing and displaying a short message type ls

You should see 3 new files: list,, and
Old 08-13-2004, 06:46 AM   #3
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I am at present running RH 7.1 Seawolf. I have found the genhdlist now.

I tried to use it but it tells me
.//RedHat/base/hdlist: No such file or directory

What i did was copied it into the directory that my MANDRAKE RPMS are in.
This is /root/RPMS
Then did ./genhdlist ./

Is this wrong?
I really want to get Mandrake up and going. because RH 7.1 is too old and lacks the gtk 2 that is needed by a heap of apps I am interested in running. I tried updating 7.1 with gtk 2 but that is just a huge trail of bread crumbs where you get the first package and need package B to install A and then need C to install B and so on and so on and so on.

Also I copied the disk in windows and burnt a copy but it wont boot. It tells me that the disk isn't a Mandrake install disk?

Last edited by Goryan; 08-13-2004 at 09:40 AM.
Old 08-13-2004, 01:23 PM   #4
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I have used every Mandrake since 8.2 and I really recommend skipping right past 9.0 (my least favorite) and going right to 10.0. I would replace the 10.0 discs and try again. If you don't know where to get them, you can try:
or my site, or Typically, there will be 3 discs, not 4. I even have instructions and configuration scripts you can optionally use. If you don't have fast internet, you can get the discs by mail order cheap from many places, even me for free(Gnuberry Computers LLC, were just starting up).

It sounds like you copied the gendhdlist command into the directory with your RPMs (that's why the ./genhdlist ./ ???). If so, you don't need to do this (and it may not work properly). If you have old files in the directory, you may need to delete them first. Also, this path: .//RedHat/base/hdlist looks wrong to me.

I tried genhdlist and it worked. I wonder if it is different on your RH 7.1. Here's what I did:

1. mkdir hdlist_testdir
2. copied test RPMs into hdlist_testdir
3. cd hdlist_testdir
4. genhdlist ./


I wasn't logged in as root, it works both ways. I don't know if it matters either way but root is of course more dangerous to mess around with. Of course yours steps will be a little different because you already have your directory with RPMs in it, just delete any non-RPM files, cd into the directory and run genhdlist ./
( not ./genhdlist ./ ). The command genhdlist should be in your path already.

I have installed Mandrake many times (probably around 250!!!) and there are often quirks on any given system. I didn't succeed installing 10.0 on my HP laptop until the 4th time, but now it works awesome. I imagine any distro has quirks this way. How far along does the install of 10.0 get?

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