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Re: [opensuse] installing 10.3 on a disk with >15 partitions
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 14:04:42 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.1.00.0805281356240.3815@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Tuesday 2008-05-27 at 12:14 +0200, Per Jessen wrote:

Carlos and I were discussing this briefly in another thread, but I
thought it best to start a new one for this specific topic.

I've just attempted to install 10.3 on a disk with 26 partitions. I
only tried a small 6.4Gb drive in a test-system, so I didn't actually
make it anywhere, but I think it could well work.

Here's what I did:

1. start normal install from CD.
2. when YaST is running, and the step with "Loading harddisk modules"
(or somewthing like that) is complete, use Ctrl-Alt-F1 to swap into
text mode. Then Alt-F2 to swap to an active shell.
3. kpartx -a <harddrive> - I did "kpartx -a /dev/sdb".

ls -l /dev/disk/by-id should produce all of your partitions.

4. Alt-F7 to get back into YaST. Continue and choose "Custom
Partitioning".
5. Ask it to reread the partition table.

Now you should see all of your partitions with the kpartx set listed
as "DM".

This is as far as I got in round 1 - when I tried to edit one of my DM
partitions (to set mount point etc), I just got a winfow with a blue
bar saying "free", and a close button. I might go and change the
partition sizes and see if I can make it do something more sensible.

This is very interesting, thanks for the information. I'll store it in my private archive. I don't have a machine to test it now, as this machine is pata only and thus, I use the old method which is safer or more comfortable. But I certainly want to try your method. Perhaps on vmware? Perhaps if I win a lotto and buy a new PC - but I don't even play :-p

Of course, what I would prefer would be a direct interface, instead of /dev/sda being called "/dev/dska", for instance, with no limitations, and valid for scsi, usb, ata, sata, pata, firewire, etc. Or a move to use words instead of bytes for the major,minor scheme. In that, I can only hope, I can't do anything myself, of course.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.

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