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From: Jeff Downs (heydowns-axp_at_alpha1.borg.com)
Date: Mon Nov 18 2002 - 08:46:44 CST
A bug report for inclusion in the next RH Alpha release (if there is
I have a Multia which I boot from ARC using MILO - of course we all know
this needs DOS partitions.... I finally got around to putting RH 7.2 on
I booted the install from floppies, and then began an FTP-based
installation. I used fdisk to begin partitioning on a new disk, and as
there was no partition table I was prompted to initialize the disk to a
BSD-style partition table just before it started fdisk -- Great for SRM
people, bad for me - so I said "no" at which point the installer quit with
something like "no available partitions" or something.
So I started again and let it do the BSD initialization, and got to my
fdisk prompt where I promptly hit 'r' to go back to the DOS-partition
table commands, then hit 'o' to build a new table. No errors were
indicated, but doing a 'p' to view the table still reveals a BSD style
partition. In fact, it even lets me make only one new partition. I even
tried doing 'o' followed by a 'w', then going back to fdisk - still no
So it appears that once there is a BSD-style partition table on the disk,
the fdisk with the installer will not let one go back to DOS-style.
I worked around this by switching to the prompt at the point where I could
launch fdisk (AFTER the prompt choice for fdisk or disk druid, so I
bypassed the "check for no partitions and make me choose BSD partitions"
dialog) and writing zero's to the drive (mknod ...; dd if=/dev/zero
of=/tmp/sd...). Then launching fdisk got me to a new DOS-style partition.
Hope this helps anyone else with the same frustration, and hope a fix
makes it in for next time.
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