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Old 11-08-2002, 12:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation Slackware floppy installation fails


While loading Slackware 8.1 into RAM from floppies (six total: 1 boot, 5 root), I got the following error: “No such file on directory” Then the system freezes: no response to any combination of keystrokes. The same problem occurred after using a different prescribed method involving 1 boot disk and 1 root disk (the “color.gz” file).

Preceding the error message, the following was displayed: “Loading disk #5… done. VFS: Mounted root (ext 2 filesystems). Freeing unused kernel memory: 68k freed init: error while loading shared libraries: libc.so.6: cannot open shared object file: [then] No such file on directory”

I burned all floppies on a Windows system by first downloading the initial files via FTP, then processing them using Rawrite. The six-disk set was completely processed and affirmed; however, I was suspicious about the “color” file. After unzipping the color file, using WinZip, I used Rawrite to put it on a floppy, and kept getting an error about track 01. I assumed that the file was too big for the 1.44MB floppy, but couldn’t confirm anything about the file once it was on the floppy, as Windows sees the floppy as unformatted after Rawrite writes to the it. Also, oddly, the color.gz file on the mirror site had no file size listed.

Overall, I’ve come at this problem every way I can think of, including searching the Web for insight, but found nothing that matches my problem specifically. There is a fair amount of chatter on the Web about missing library problems involving Slackware 8.1, but, again, nothing specific to what I’ve experienced.

I would like to find a solution to this problem. My objective is to use floppies to load a minimum Linux system into RAM so that I can partition and old drive and install the full Slackware Linux file. The procedure for supporting this plan is indorsed and detailed in the current Slackware documentation under the heading “Installation Methods, Floppy”. Following the “Floppy” instructions, according to the Slackware document, “…will give you a very basic system which can be used to install the rest of the distribution via a network”. (I’ve assumed an FTP link over the Internet qualifies as an appropriate “network” connection for this purpose.) According to this information, I should be able to meet my objective by following Slackware’s instructions and ensuring minimum hardware requirements – which I currently either meet or exceed.
 
Old 11-08-2002, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: Slackware floppy installation fails

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While loading Slackware 8.1 into RAM from floppies (six total: 1 boot, 5 root), I got the following error: “No such file on directory” Then the system freezes: no response to any combination of keystrokes. The same problem occurred after using a different prescribed method involving 1 boot disk and 1 root disk (the “color.gz” file).
At what point did the "No such file or directory" error occur?

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Preceding the error message, the following was displayed: “Loading disk #5… done. VFS: Mounted root (ext 2 filesystems). Freeing unused kernel memory: 68k freed init: error while loading shared libraries: libc.so.6: cannot open shared object file: [then] No such file on directory”
Dunno what to make of this. I suspect it may have something to do with the following...

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I burned all floppies on a Windows system by first downloading the initial files via FTP, then processing them using Rawrite. The six-disk set was completely processed and affirmed; however, I was suspicious about the “color” file. After unzipping the color file, using WinZip, I used Rawrite to put it on a floppy, and kept getting an error about track 01.
Here's your problem. Do NOT unzip any of the files: Simply do a 'rawrite color.gz a:' Don't worry. It's all good.
 
Old 11-08-2002, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.

To your question, “At what point did the ‘No such file or directory" error occur?’” The error occurred after the last of the 5 flies (floppies) loaded into RAM. The final message, before the error, read as follows: “Loading disk #5… done”

Per your suggestion, I tried Rawrite < color.gz a: >, without unzipping the original file. An error message appeared after 79th track: “Bad sector detected Sector: 1”. The original color.gz file is 2.35MB (I just verified this for the first time using Windows Properties Inspector), so it now makes sense why it won’t fit on a 1.44MB floppy.

I should reiterate here, though, that the color.gz file OR the 5-disk set of files (both root disks) is supposed to enable Slackware to be installed into RAM. Specifically, they are intended to be used as separate approaches for loading Slackware into RAM, after the boot disk is loaded. Apparently, color.gz won’t work with Rawrite and a single floppy – the original file is too big, even compressed. However, the other 5 files, which were not originally compressed and which transferred to floppies without a problem, will error out while loading into RAM – this is my primary concern at this time.

In summary, it looks like I have a good, clean set of floppies for loading Slackware files into RAM (excluding the color.gz option), but after the last disk is loaded, apparently successfully, the error message “No such file on directory” occurs. From the details I listed in my original message, there is some problem type of system problem associated with a library(ies).

I would appreciate anything you can offer.
 
Old 11-12-2002, 10:45 AM   #4
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This perplexed me. So much so, in fact, that I downloaded the 5 install disks and bare.i for booting. I rebooted with bare.i in the drive, then when prompted I inserted install.1-5. With much irritation, *everything worked.* I was able to login and fire up the setup screen.

I suspect it's one of the following:

1. A bad floppy. Probably install.5. I have found that using a floppy more than once is a bad idea. Besides, they're so aerodynamic you can't help but shatter them against a wall.

2. A flaky floppy drive. This is unlikely as your other floppies worked.

3. Bad RAM. Definitely a last resort. In fact, forget I mentioned it.

If this is giving you a headache, I noticed on the Slack site that he's got an UMSDOS installer. If you already have a Windows/DOS partition on this computer, you can install from it rather than fighting with floppies. It's called installer.zip and the instructions are installer.zip.README.
 
Old 11-12-2002, 10:51 AM   #5
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One more thing...

If you're going to recreate install.5, be sure to download it again in the event it was truncated. Don't forget to clear your cache first!

Also, sure enough, color.gz is over 2MB. I'm not sure what we're supposed to with it... Perhaps it's a template for creating new root images... Oh well, maybe I should start a new thread and ask about it.
 
Old 12-02-2002, 07:43 AM   #6
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Unhappy re: slackware floppy installation fails - me too!

Seltzer,

I have the exact same bad sector message with Slackware 8.1. It struck me as rather odd that the gz file was so huge compared to the disk size. The boot disk (bare.i) works fine.

Think my next attempt will be to transfer the file to my dos partition and see if I can use this to source the rootdisk file?

pbhj
 
Old 12-03-2002, 08:55 AM   #7
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I'm a total newbie too just started on Slackware last weekend ... anyway I had a very similar error message trying to install from the boot+root disks.

I figured that it might be that color.gz is c. 2MB and a floppy holds 1.44MB? Haven't figured this out yet, but: What I ended up doing was copying files (using a great DOS serial port prog called 'file maven') from my Windows comp to a DOS partition of the linux comp. The files I got were color.gz, bzimage (the kernel equivalent of bare.i - found under kernels in the FTP sites) and all those in the loadlin.zip archive.

Then I used:
loadlin bzimage rw root=/dev/ram initrd=color.gz load_ramdisk=1

Which booted me up and got me into the setup program. You need a copy of the application files then, which is possibly where the five install files come in? I don't know. That's as far as I am.
 
Old 12-06-2002, 04:59 PM   #8
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I actually retried with the install disks and have had success, now I've used all of color.gz, text.gz and the install.x discs and all work fine for me. Perhaps a bad floppy? That's what I saw suggested on other posts.
 
  


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