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Re: manual install howto
On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 06:45:05PM -0700, Al - image hosting services wrote:
> I would like to do an install without the installer, so that I can put var
> and usr on their own drives.
One might ask why!
Usually they are put into separate partitions on a single disk.
(Actually /usr/bin and /usr/sbin only exist because disks were too small,
so some of the 'system' programs had to move into the partition used for
users' home directories. /home is now used to get user directories out
of system filestore.)
> I can't seem to find documentation on how to setup the drives for i386.
fdisk to define the mbr (bios) partition table and disklabel to edit
To makethe disk bootable you need:
1) fdisk to install one of the mbr_* files into sector zero of the disk
2) installboot to install one of the bootxx_* file into sector zero of the
3) have copied biosboot into /
(all files are in /usr/mdec)
It is easyest if the root filesystem is at the beginning of the mbr ptn.
> I have done many manual installs on other
> platforms and this never seemed to be an issue. Could someone point me in
> the right direction?
> Please be sure to CC me because I am not on the i386 list.
David Laight: david%l8s.co.uk@localhost
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