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Re: [SLE] Installing from Secondary CD-ROM
  • From: "Mark A. Taff" <marktaff@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 21:58:17 -0700
  • Message-id: <200405292158.17043.marktaff@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 29 May 2004 04:38 pm, Lucky Leavell wrote:
> On Sat, 29 May 2004, Mark A. Taff wrote:
> > On Saturday 29 May 2004 11:50 am, Lucky Leavell wrote:
> > > OS: SuSE 9.1
> > >
> > > Question: Once the install completes, assuming it is even useable, is
> > > there some yay to make YaST install the missing stuff from the
> > > secondary CD-ROM?
> > >
> > > Alternatively, it there any way I can boot from diskette and thence
> > > from the secondary CD-ROM drive? (I tried booting from CD2 in the
> > > primary (DVD/CD) drive but it failed trying to read the floppy drive
> > > for some reason.)
> >
> > Perform the install as normal, ignoring (for now) any missing packages.
> > After the install in complete, start the install again, but chose
> > "repair" as the install mode. Repair will test everything, including
> > missing packages, and fix as required. I have had to use it many times
> > before.
>
> That did appear to work and even accessed the CDs on the secondary drive
> but the root filesystem is still mounted read only which makes for a very
> limited system.
>
> > Part of the problem with the media not found/package not found on medium
> > errors is due to faulty hardware and/or faulty burned cds/dvds.
>
> I think the media is OK as I have used it before OK. I thinks it may be
> the drives, hopefully just needing cleaning.
>
> > You can boot from floppies, but it takes 2-6 floppies to do so, and I'm
> > not sure it's worth the hassle. I did it once, and will bend over
> > backwards to not have to do it again. :-)
>
> Done that too. 9.0 typically requires 2-3 depending on how many drivers
> are needed.
>
> > Regards,
>
> Thank you,
> Lucky

Why exactly is / mounted read-only? I have had that happen when a partition
(with ReiserFS on it) is corrupted. Try this:

While the box is booting, press the scroll lock (ScrLk) key periodically --
this will pause the boot long enough to read the screen -- and pay attention
to the lines related to the filesystem checks and mounting.

If it reports errors (i.e. filesystem is NOT clean), then run fsck after the
boot to the limited system is done. You will need to run fsck for all the
partitions that reported errors, probably with some flags you wouldn't
normally use, such as --rebuild tree. Do --help first, and read the
warnings, docs first.

--rebuild-tree is not to be taken lightly, but it will fix a corrupt
filesystem, and I've never lost any data when I've had to use it, with the
exception of webpage history in Konqi. I think that may be a bug in Konqi?

My bet is that after you do this, you will be able to boot into a functional
and stable system.

Regards,

Mark

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