Installing to arbitrary block devices

Jody Belka lists-ubuntu-devel at
Tue Oct 10 15:53:16 BST 2006

On Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 03:24:31PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> OK. I don't think we ever properly supported evms in the installer,
> although it's true that there used to be an evms-udeb.

Nope, i'd say not, as evmsn requires libncurses and that wasn't in the
installer, so always had to grab that from somewhere anyway :)

> > > 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?
> Edit /var/lib/dpkg/status, find the stanza for partman-base, change
> "unpacked" to "installed"; and then go back from partman and select the
> next step in the main menu. Totally untested, mind you, and try it on a
> scratch machine first. :-)

Well, not really done anything with the box yet, so i'll have a go at
reinstalling sometime this week. Thanks for the info. It's just mounting
stuff under /target and writing the fstab that partman does, right?
Nothing else that would be expected to be done?

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

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