[ARMedslack] Strange problem installing Slackware 14.0 on the Raspberry Pi
slackware at langfinger.org
Fri May 10 07:36:15 UTC 2013
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.
Am Donnerstag, den 09.05.2013, 23:46 +0200 schrieb "stanley garvey"
<stanley at stanleygarvey.com>:
> On May 9, 2013 18:33 "Michael Langfinger"  wrote:
> I tried to install Slackware 14.0 for ARM on my Raspberry Pi (Model
> 512 MB RAM). I used the installer image from http://rpi.fatdog.eu/,
>  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)
> 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).
> 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
> to /mnt. I don't think that this is a hardware issue, because the
> SD card was used in this RPi with OpenELEC.
> And this is not the only strange behaviour - when i quit the
> the system date is set to the next day (e.g. May,10 instead of
> have no clue what might cause this and how to solve it. I installed
> 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).
> will try the image from Dave, but I don't think that this will solve
> 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
> 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
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