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Mandrake Install Program crash - HTTP Install - Help.

'Deluxe Linux Operating System 6.5'.

I am attempting to install on a laptop with no CDROM using a PCMCIA network card, with the CD loaded on a Web server.

I started with a completely clean machine - zero partitions on the single hard drive.

I have made 2 floppies using rawrite: (i) bootnet.img & (ii) pcmcia.img.

I boot with bootnet.img to start the install. I give it pcmcia.img when asked. No problem.

I follow the instructions, tell it that I want to install via HTTP.
I have a web server setup that has the CD mounted.

After giving the details of the web server, the install program finds the web server and says 'Loading second stage ramdisk...'.
Then the install program crashes:

/usr/bin/runinstall2: cannot create /modules/modules.cgz: read-only file system
install exited abnormally
sending termination signals...

Looks like a bug in the install program.

Please help - what can I do?
1 Solution
I had similar problems with the Macmillan Mandrake 6.0 distribution. Visit the homepage for whichever version you have and download up to date image/boot files. PCMCIA, in your case. Quite often, shipping CD-ROMs do not contain good images. Make a new boot disk from the downloaded image... that ought to take care of the problem for you.
smorley052998Author Commented:
That's a good suggestion, but it was the first thing I tried and it doesn't help!
Got any other ideas?
Much appreciated. Thanks.
Smorley, looks like you are out of luck for the time being, as this is an unresolved linux-mandrake bug:


as of 1999.11.08.

An earlier version, i.e. Mandrake 6.0, according to the bug-report does not have this same problem.
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You can switch to virtual terminals (at least in RH)
during the install and see messages from the install.
Try "alt f3" as the program goes to connect to the http server and see if the address and location of the directory are correct.
Check the log of the server to see if the install is getting access to the needed "secondstage ramdisk"
Those suggestions should at least verify wether or not you are making the connection.

The other possibility is a lack of ram. You provide no information on how much ram is available on your machine. RH 6.0 and 6.1 installs fail without explaining the RAM requirements 8 megs is not enough.

The "loading second stage ram disk" does not mean that the install has made a succesful request for the file. Enter a bogus http address and you will get the same message before it fails. The message appears right before it starts to make the request to either ftp http or nfs the file.

If there truly is a bug in the http install program then you can work around it. FTP or NFs install for example a decent ftp server for windows is bisonware,anonftp and wu-ftp work for linux ftp servers.
smorley052998Author Commented:
The install program definitely fins the web server - I can see the light on the CD go active & the web server's log files shows access.

I  only have 16Meg of RAM. That is not the issue - I have now sucessfully installed an old RedHat version with no trouble.

I tried an FTP install, which resulted in exactly the same error.

I looks to me like the install program is trying to download files before having setup the disk to receive them.

Not a problem with redhat '5.something'.

Thanks anyway.
Have you considered Caldera OpenLinux?  I've yet to hear anything good about Mandrake's installation system.  Turbolinux also has a pretty robust installer...
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