Re: Install-Problems

From: Johannes Niess (
Date: Tue Apr 20 1999 - 15:54:53 CEST

At 11:06 AM 4/20/99 +0200, you wrote:
>I've got some problems installing mulinux on a Compaq 386SX20 Laptop;
>2MB Ram bulit in; 4MBRam PCMCIA; 60MB HD inkl Dockingstation with eth0
>and CDROM. It's no problem to boot from startdisk and install the image
>in ramdisk. To unpack the /usr needs ca. 1 hour (normal?).

That is too much. On my 386SX25 with 8 MB it takes 10 minutes. Inserting
modules takes 1 minute each. Is this normal?

>It's possible to login as root and have a look at the dirtree. But now:
>"Clone" starts, but I get only the message "cannot fork". If I start
>fdisk manually, I get the same massage. What does it mean? Its not
>possible to create any partition or format an existing.
>I've tried with creating partitions under DOS and with no partitions. On
>Install I've no defined/have defined any swap-partition. The kernel
>detects the Hardware (RAM,HD,CDROM) fine at start, there should be no
>problem. What else can I do?

Try a swap file on a dos partition. "cannot fork" looks like a full memory.
Mailing the output of the "free" command helps.

Johannes Niess

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