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Project: THT - BeleniX.DVD-0.5.1 Hard Disk Install.

Installing BeleniX Operating System From a LiveDVD to Hard Disk:
By Vincent Angus Williams - scribe63

Screenshots: VIEW

As the Chinese proverb says :
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. But involve me and I'll understand."

Intro Live-DVD First Attempt Second Attempt Third Attempt Conclusion

Hard Disk Install - First Attempt:
My objective is to install the system to hard disk for possible jsp development, to learn Dtrace, ZFS, and using Zones. I started documenting the installation by writing on paper, but realized the tools were available on the livedvd.I can use ksnapshot for screenshots, mousepad for typing notes, and save the files to the usb disk.

To begin I ran the following as root.


Selected c0d0 hard disk

No Solaris partitions existed

Proceded to partitioning the disk by selecting (Yes).

Notice about backup of current disk layout, the command to use (fdisk -F /tmp/fdisk.orig/dev/rdisk/c0d0) where to find it. There was a warning that recovery is not always possible.

Selected OK

BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop
BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop

Fdisk came up and displayed existing (opensuse 10.1) linux partitions, and options to reconfigure the partitions for solaris install.
1. I started by deleting existing partitions by entering 3 for the third option. Beginning with the 4th partition, which was an extended partition (hda5) which was the initial swap partition. I continued deleting the other three partitions (/hda3 / 15GB, hda2 /home 22GB, hda1 /boot 99Mb).

2. I began to create new solaris with two partitions for for BeleniX.

Root 15GB (14539 Mb)
Boot /boot 50Mb (use /space option)
Home 22GB (22528 Mb)
Swap 1GB (1024 Mb)

The partition creation at this point was a little unusual for me, options to specify a partition size was by cylinders or percentages. I selected 5 to up date the configuration and exit.
This told me i had to have a solaris 2 partition, and offered to set it to 100I told it yes and was brought to the partition layout screen.
I had a choice of automatic manual layout, i selected No for manual layout and the options screen was sane enough for me because partitions sizes could be specified in megabytes.
I used the above listed partition layout using F2 to select pre-defined mount points and /space to define a partition.

Selected Ok

BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop
BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop

3. Next i was given the choice if i wanted to make home a zfs part, i choose the default (yes)

4. The partitions were set up and formatted

5. The Operating System was then installed.

6. I was then asked in i wanted to install grub in the MBR, i choose the default yes

7. Then i was asked to enter a hostname and the root password

I was notified that upon reboot i can configure networking in the GUI desktop by selecting "Network Setup" from the panel.
A screen then came up for me to set up a additional user

BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop
BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop
BeleniX Desktop BeleniX Desktop

The partition layout of my first attempt at the hd install failed. For some reason grub could not find menu.lst on /dev/dsk/c0d0s1 which was suppose to mounted as /dev/dsk/c0d0s1 /dev/rdsk/c0d0s1 /boot on the / partition.
Grub could not find the /boot partition, event though it was set up in vfstab. I tried to troubleshoot 'root (hd0,0,a)' for / . This is recognized, but not (hd0,1,a) which is the boot partition to be mounted at /dev/dsk/c0d0s1 /dev/rdsk/c0d0s1 /boot.
Since I'm not clear as to what is the real issue, since this system is new to me, I'll redo the hd install with the auto partition layout option.

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