Summary: Solaris 8 6/2000 install problem

Date: Sun Jul 09 2000 - 00:13:41 CDT

Problem: During install the root filesystem would not mount in rw and was
causing errors to be displayed relating to devfsadm.


Ok, I sorted it out but I still don't understand how it happenned on a clean
install, I suspect this is some sort of bug that others will suffer.

I believe the boot device was set to something like:


This caused /etc/path_to_inst to pick up the :a at the end of the path during
the install and use then use it as the path to the root disk.

By booting off the cd rom, mounting the partition in and deleting path_to_inst
and then booting with a 'boot -ars'

Then by answering the question during the /etc/path_to_inst recreation and
not including the ':a' (just a hunch, I don't understand the dev addressing
enough to know why this should make a difference, if anyone does I'd love to
know), i.e.:

/sbus@3,0/SUNW,fas@3,8800000/sd@c,0 instead of

This then caused the system to boot as normal and the install completed.

Travis Freeland
Systems Section Leader
Deakin University

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