Friday, November 21, 2008

Hercules and Slackware (slack/390) - Part 7

...Continuing from Part 6

Starting setup

After formatting and partitioning our storage, we're ready to enter Slack/390's setup program.
In your telnet session simply enter:
# setup

and the following screen will appear:

Again, experienced Slackware users will recognize this screen from previous installations.

The arrow keys did not work for me via telnet, but you can use the '+', '-' and 'tab' keys to navigate the menu.

You can read the Help section if you like now. It is the original version for Slackware, not adapted for Slack/390, so some details are inaccurate. But most generic info is true for all installations, so if you are not in too much of a hurry, take a look.

We'll skill setting up a swap partition, as we did not create one.

1) Setting up our target partitions

First we have to inform the installer where we want to install Slack/390.
We created two virtual DASDs, and will use them as suggested in the Help section:
- 1 partition / DASD for '/'
- 1 partition / DASD for '/home'

So select 'TARGET' from the menu and you'll get the following screen:

(Yes, I know the size shows up incorrectly, but don't worry about that...)
Select the first available partition (/dev/dasda1) as the target for our root partition.

Now we get the following options for creating a file system on the partition:

Since we're working with virtual devices, a quick format will suffice here, so select 'FORMAT' and we will be shown the following options:

Here we decide which file system to use. Again, we're using a virtual device that's on a real drive of our host system. Using a journaling file system here would cause double journaling. Unless you pretend to save precious data on your mainframe, I suggest using ext2 on your virtual storage to gain some performance.
So choose 'ext2' on this menu and we go to the next point of decision:

Just press Enter for the default inode size of 4096 as suggested, and enjoy the following screen for a while (will take just a minute or two):

After a few moments, we'll see the following menu, giving us the option to select another partition:

As mentioned before, I created a second partition for our '/home' directory, so select the free '/dev/dasdb1' partition now.
Again, select the quick 'FORMAT', the 'ext2' file system and the '4096' inode size.
After formatting our second partition, we are asked where we want to mount it:

Enter '/home' here and press Enter.

We are presented with the lines that setup will put in our /etc/fstab file:

This ends the selection of our target.

Next post: Selecting the source media!

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