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Subject: Re: Slackware 1.1.2 problems
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Date: Wed, 9 Feb 1994 09:26:18 GMT
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David Simmons (simm...@EE.MsState.Edu) wrote:
: Am I the only one to notice the few annoying bugs in the Slackware 1.1.2
: distribution?  Here is what I see so far:

: 1) sometimes during installation, if you are using the color setup, the

: 2) NFS mounting (at least in the color setup)...  It doesn't seem to

: 3) Why do packages like 'sc' say "skip" during installation, and not give

: 4) What happened to "su"?  It may be around somewhere; I haven't looked too

Think yourself lucky. I got 1.1.2 yesterday, put it all on floppies.
I downloaded it from Here are my current problems:

1. It configures the kernel to mount root read-only. This means /etc/mtab
can't be written when it boots, I can't change /etc/passwd or the Lilo
config when I do get it up. This is a very serious problem, and (unless
I have done something wrong somewhere) I would advise you to use Slackware
1.1.2 with extreme caution. Please tell me if this is my fault and what
I'm doing wrong if it is -- but I read all the README files and checked
the install options carefully, so I think it's a bug.  (It also means
I have an unbootable machine as I can't configure lilo to boot off the
hard disk!)

2. It doesn't install an /etc/passwd (I have checked the files I downloaded
for the passwd package, but it isn't there, and it doesn't seem to be
on either)

Can someone please tell me how I can change the brain-dead 'root is read-only'
in the kernel!! Please don't say 'recompile it.' How can I? Gcc won't
be able to write to /tmp, because guess what, it's in the root partition
which is read-only!!

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From: (David L. Craig)
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.misc
Subject: Re: Slackware 1.1.2 problems
Date: 9 Feb 1994 15:59:23 -0500
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Well, I went back to and grabbed the Feb 8
colortty, dded it onto a floppy, and watched it just sit
in the drive when I tried to boot.  Ditto for the version
at sunsite.  I also grabbed the changed a1 and a2 files:
  a1: sysvinit.tgz
  a2: bin.tgz
and the new a1 file, hdsetup.tgz, and reinstalled the a
series using tty144.  This enabled me to bang my head
against the read-only root file system that does not
contain /etc/mount.


So I've lost a day and am close to trying another package.
Has anybody FTPed 1.1.2 from cdrom in the last day or so
and gotten it running?  Is it worth pulling everything
from there?

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From: (Jay Maynard)
Subject: Re: Slackware 1.1.2 problems
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In article <2jbirb$>,
David L. Craig <> wrote:
>Has anybody FTPed 1.1.2 from cdrom in the last day or so
>and gotten it running?  Is it worth pulling everything
>from there?

I snarfed the whole thing from there yesterday afternoon and installed it last 
night. It worked flawlessly. I even rebuilt the kernel this morning, with no 
problems. (It took four hours on my 386DX/25, though...)

("the whole thing", for me = packages a, ap, d, n, and other words, 
"just an OS.")

Yes, I'd try grabbing the whole thing from there before giving up.
Jay Maynard, EMT-P, K5ZC, PP-ASEL | Never ascribe to malice that which can      | adequately be explained by stupidity.
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               get caught stealing, you're out!" -- Ed Shanks

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