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Old 03-11-2009, 08:42 AM   #16
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So-what went wrong and where is line 157??
According to what you posted, it failed when it was unpacking the tarball. It might be a bad download, or it could be that the authors screwed things up. I'd try unpacking it by hand and if that fails, download a new copy.

I have been installing multiple distro's and moving partitions around. I think this is why some of the distro's are confused as to where/how to mount the swap partition.
Odds are, no. If you specify the swap right, no distro is really going to know about any other distro you have installed. I think the only issue might come from not cleanly shutting down, in which case the swap might get crap left behind.

My swap is inside an extended partition, next to my FAT32 file storage partition-could this be a problem??
As long as the distro can see the swap, its physical location should be immaterial.
I have to tell it "swapon" for it to come on-otherwise it's never mounted!
That should have been set up during install. Have a look at /etc/fstab and see if swap is set up right there. It should look something like this:

/dev/sda3        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
Obviously, you'll have a different partition as your swap.
Old 03-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #17
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160mb of ram, can be enough if you install a Slackware derivative distro called Absolute Linux (today newest version is 12.2.1). It is known to run on a 128mb ram and other delapidated boxes, the author Mr. Paul Sherman intends it to run on old machines. Though I have only tried it on my 256mb ram LESS 64mb stolen by the video card, that made Absolute Linux to run something 192mb. At that it was fast and stable.

Update? it has an updater. Also, Slackware installpkg, removepkg, etc are running in Absolute, which you can use for the purpose. Install, remove, update packages under a GUI or via terminal.

Window Manager? It has a very slim Fluxbox (with some other choices) yet complete enough to be productive. The CD2 contains OpenOffice.

Hope this helps. Goodluck.


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