[ARMedslack] Strange problem installing Slackware 14.0 on the Raspberry Pi

Michael Langfinger slackware at langfinger.org
Fri May 10 07:36:15 UTC 2013

 Hi Stanley,

 the USB flash drive was mounted to /floppy and the repository was 
 available at /floppy/slackwarearm-14.0/slackware. The installer did find 
 the package files there, and I was able to select the packages from the 
 menu. I didn't mount the SD card manually, i was referring to where the 
 installer mounted the RootFS partition of the SD card (in this case, 
 mmcblk0p3 was mounted to /mnt).

 Anyway, I was able to install Slackware in the meantime, using a FTP 
 server as package source. So I think that the problem is related either 
 to a hardware incompability with the USB flash drive or a simple 
 hardware defect of the flash drive. I didn't consider this possibility 
 at first, because the error message pointed me to a problem with the SD 
 card and because the installer was able to retrieve the package list 
 from the drive without a problem.

 Speaking of the installer, I don't know if the behaviour in this case 
 is useful. The installer quits telling the user that the installation 
 was successful, although it wasn't; additionally, the important error 
 messages that might help the user to find the cause for the problem just 
 pop up for less than a second and then disappear; they don't get logged 
 anywhere (neither in the syslog nor in one of the temporary files of the 
 installer, which are created in /mnt during the installation process). I 
 had to run the installer several times just to be able to puzzle 
 together the error message(s).

 Regarding the date problem: Unfortunately I forgot to check if this 
 also happened after the successful installation (in this case it 
 wouldn't be related to the installation problem). Maybe I will be able 
 to test that later this day.

 Kind regards,
 Michael Langfinger

 Am Donnerstag, den 09.05.2013, 23:46 +0200 schrieb "stanley garvey" 
 <stanley at stanleygarvey.com>:
> On May 9, 2013 18:33 "Michael Langfinger"  [1] wrote:
> Hi,
> I tried to install Slackware 14.0 for ARM on my Raspberry Pi (Model 
> B,
> 512 MB RAM). I used the installer image from http://rpi.fatdog.eu/,
> [2] the
> package repository is on a USB flash drive. The installer boots just
> fine, I can configure my keyboard and set the current date without
> problems. I can also configure the partitions (swap, root and so on)
> in
> the setup, set the package source and select the packages. The
> installation process starts but quits after a few seconds, telling me
> that the installation was successful (which of course is wrong).
> Shortly
> before this message, two error messages pop up in the background:
> "Error retrieving current directory - getcwd cannot access parent
> directories: no such file or directory" and "/mnt/etc/fstab - no such
> file or directory". I made sure that the SD card is writable and
> mounted
> to /mnt. I don't think that this is a hardware issue, because the 
> same
> SD card was used in this RPi with OpenELEC.
> And this is not the only strange behaviour - when i quit the
> installer,
> the system date is set to the next day (e.g. May,10 instead of 
> May,9).
> I
> have no clue what might cause this and how to solve it. I installed 
> 88
> key velocity sensiti
> Slackware on another RPi a while ago, without any problems (using the
> image from Dave's Collective and with a NFS server for the packages).
> I
> will try the image from Dave, but I don't think that this will solve
> the
> problem.
> Any ideas?
> Kind regards,
> Michael Langfinger
> Hi, it sounds like your mount points are incorrect, I dont know about
> the date though? I tried looking up rpi.fatdog.eu. but cant connect 
> to
> the site as it seems to be down at the moment. where are you mounting
> the usb package repository? You also say you have mounted the SD card
> to /mnt, the slackware installer should mount the rootFS at /mnt for
> you.
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