Installing to arbitrary block devices

Jody Belka lists-ubuntu-devel at
Tue Oct 10 15:10:42 BST 2006

On Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 02:37:58PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 04, 2006 at 06:20:37PM +0100, Jody Belka wrote:
> > When I was installing ubuntu onto a new system last night, using the server
> > expert installer, I found my life made much more difficult than it needed
> > to be by the fact that Ubuntu does not seem to want to let me install to
> > arbitary block devices. Instead, it wants to have full control over where
> > I am installing to.
> What particular block devices are you talking about here? If this is
> really just a bug under the hood, it may be fixable.

In this particular case, it's evms managed volumes. Which are more difficult
anyway now to deal with during the installer, as the evms programs have been
removed, so I need to scp them off of another machine. Can cope with that

> > With Debian it used to be possible (haven't looked in a while) to manually
> > mount volumes to the /target tree, and then continue with the install.
> > Unfortunately, even this isn't possible with Ubuntu.
> I think that's a feature that was lost in Debian too upon moving from
> boot-floppies to debian-installer. You can actually do it, I believe -
> you just have to make sure that udpkg thinks partman-base is configured,
> and remember to set up /target/etc/fstab by hand.

Ah, what do I do to make it think that?

Jody Belka [cc me please]
knew (at) pimb (dot) org

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