[Wolves] Ubuntu Installer

Adam Sweet adam at adamsweet.org
Wed Feb 20 16:53:12 GMT 2008

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ArchLinuxUser dick_turpin wrote:
> Hi All
> On the Ubuntu 7.10 installer there is an option to import user
> profiles (Linux only I presume) is that only able to import Ubuntu
> profiles or will it import say a Red Hat profile?
> I installed on a 'Master' HDD but when I plugged the openSUSE HDD back
> in the system threw a fit (I know why, two masters Doh), I changed the
> Ubuntu HDD to 'Slave' but then got "Cannot mount partition" so I
> plonked the CD in and started the install again that's when I saw the
> 'import' message. (Note to self: Don't just hit next, next, next read
> what it says)

I assume you mean BIOS level PATA disk assignments here? Primary master,
primary slave, secondary master, secondary slave etc? What did you do?
Set 2 masters on the primary channel with the drive jumpers? If you make
a primary master and a secondary master and that didn't then that's more
of a worry.

You probably got this partition error because the drive arrangement is
no longer the same as when you installed the bootloader.

For example, Grub thinks that the root partition for the kernel it is
booting (or at least intends to boot) is the first partition on the
first disk, when in fact, after your reshuffle, it is now on the first
partition of the second disk? Make sense? So the bootloader throws you
this error, or at least the boot up process does when it tries to mount
the root partition handed to it by the bootloader's configuration.

If I'm on the right lines here you could have saved the installation, I
had to do it a few times when one of my main machine's hard disk died
and I kept having to shuffle disks between machines to keep a working
set up while I saved up to buy a new disk and then again when I bought
one and rebuilt my main machine.

The principle is that you boot from a live CD, mount your hard disk,
chroot yourself into where you mounted your disk so that root filesystem
on the disk is now your root filesystem, run grub, let it discover your
disk arrangement, and then rewrite your grub.conf according to where the
disks are now.

If I'm on the wrong lines ignore me, my point is that things not working
any more because you moved them around can be fixed, you don't have to


Adam Sweet

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