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Old 06-09-2002, 09:48 AM   #1
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Zipslack, Windows not being buddies

Hello Slackers,

I'm attemping to install slack. But that penguin must've been in an oil slick or something because he's slipping from my grasp.

The problem is (I am trying to use windows XP as a tool for downloading and installing my linux slack, but) slack is ignoring windows files/folders. This sounds bad, but if you understand zipslack read on.

I downloaded zipslack and unzipped onto a FAT32 partition (from windows XP). Then I downloaded x1, kde1 and ap1 using windows, I put them into a "slakware" folder under "linux" (such that x1, kde1 and ap1 were all folders containing the *.tgz files and so forth).

Then I boot linux by using a ms-dos boot disk, and running linux.bat from my second hard drive. Linux.bat is so :

\linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb1 ro

I had tried using rw but I was getting warnings, and the problem persisted anyway.

My fstab is :

/dev/hdb1 / umsdos defaults 0 0
/root/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0

My mtab is :

/dev/hdb1 / umsdos rw 0 0

From a windows point of view there is a "--LINUX-.---" file in every linux folder, which is obviously part of the filesystem. But when I use windows to add files/folders to the linux install, linux is completely unaware of any change. Hence I cannot use windows to download and add packages to my linux build

What's the go ? Do I need to remount /hdb1 or something ?
Old 06-09-2002, 01:59 PM   #2
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You need to run the umssync program to update the --LINUX-.--- files when you copy files to the linux directories from DOS/Windows. Details
can be found with a man umssync. I'm not sure why this isn't happening
on bootup, as umssync should be running as part of your /etc/rc.d/rc.S script.

James Dixon.
Old 06-11-2002, 08:18 AM   #3
Registered: Jun 2002
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Thumbs up Right you are, thanks for that

Yes, seconds after I installed slack I set to "configuring" it. It was fun playing the "guru" but the sham turned around and bit me quick.

I re-installed and I'm going to be a bit more cautious.

Thanks again.


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