Re: Linux vs SS1+
From: John-Paul Stewart (jpstewart_at_sympatico.ca)
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 11:32:50 -0400
> I need a bit of help from your Linux gurus there. I am trying to
> install aurora linux (derived from redhat) in my Sun Sparcstation 1+.
> During the installation of this version of linux, I let the installation
> script autopartition my 4.5GB HD as follows:
> Device Start End Size Type Mount Point
> /dev/sda1 1 104 49M ext3 /boot
> /dev/sda2 105 5382 2535M ext3 /usr
> /dev/sda4 5383 7312 927M ext3 /home
> /dev/sda5 7313 8111 383M ext3 /
> /dev/sda6 8112 8644 256M ext3 /var
> /dev/sda7 8645 9006 173M swap
> The installation process was completed flawlessly (though slowly:
> 17h!!!). But, when I tried to reboot off the HD (and see if it worked),
> I had the notorious data exception error:
> Booting from: sd(0,0,0)
> SILO boot:
> Uncompressing image...
> Data Access ExceptionType help for more information
> Talking to some people, it seem my 1+'s ROM version has the 6-byte-CDB
> bug, which means that all blocks necessary to the boot sequence must be
> in the first 1GB from the beginning of the drive. Is that the case?
> After all, swap is way up in the drive and so is /var. Also, /usr
> includes blocks above that magic point. If so, should I do some
> rearranging, say breaking /usr in /usr (I wonder how small it should
> be... around 512MB?) and /usr/home, and moving swap and /var up?
The only things necessary to boot a Linux system are (normally) /boot
(if present) and /. /var, /usr and swap aren't critical to the boot
process. If you make /boot and / your first two partitions and within
the first 1GB you should be fine. (Unless, of course, the true problem
is something else.)