Re: [mu SETUP]

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Sat Jan 03 1998 - 17:08:31 CET

On Thu, Feb 10, 2000 at 08:25:00AM -0500, Chris Torry nicely wrote:
> Howdy, all.
> I am trying to install the mulinux 7r8 on a 486sx laptop with 4 meg of ram.
> When i boot with the disk, i get a message like
> "We need a swap"
> 1 to continue
> 2 to inspect the system
> 3 to abort
> How do I set up the swap? I am trying to get it to boot so that i can
> clone it to the HD. There is a preexisting
> swap partition, can i get it recognize
> that?

Newer release eat a little more ram; maybe, installing in 4M do not work.
Anycase, select 1). After that, muLinux ask for your DOS primary
hard-disk. It will use a SWAP-FILE, not a SWAP-PARTITION. A simple
file called linux.swp in c:\.

If your DOS disk is primary, /dev/hda1 will work.

If you get a lot of message "can't fork", you can't install muLinux:
the memory is too low for to complete the swap activation script :-(

In this case, reboot and chose solution 2), than proceed manually:

          # I assume your DOS disk is /dev/hda1
          # mount /dev/hda1 /swap
          # dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap/linux.swp bs=1k count=8000
          # mkswap /swap/linux.swp
          # sync
          # swapon /swap/linux.swp

This segment of code is extracted directly from /etc/rc.lowmem.

Ok, now we have a swap area in the DOS file c:\linux.swp.
(after istallation, please delete it).

We can start cloning:

          # clone

This part of muLinux is very old, sorry. No enhancement had been made
for a while.

Have fun!


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