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Re: A small suggestion: Gparted


Hi, list.

+1 for adding Gparted to the LiveCD. Without it, LiveCD is pretty useless
when you need to rearrange your disk prior to installing.

BTW, on a minimal box with just 128 Mb RAM gparted failed to start off
SystemRescueCD 1.6.1, maybe Lubuntu can perform better on such boxes.


On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:43 AM, Liam Proven <lproven@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I have come back to looking at Lubuntu recently after a while away. I
> put 10.04 LTS on a client's old workstation (P4, 256MB RAM, 40G hard
> disk) and today 10.10 on my own laptop (PIII-750, 320MB, 20GB HD).
> Both times, I've had the same problem, but it was more severe with 10.10.
> I wanted to dual-boot the machines - the P4 with XP and the P3
> notebook with Crunchbang. This means repartitioning, which means I
> need Gparted (or something like it).
> On 10.04, I was able to open a terminal, apt-get install gparted, then
> run it, repartition, and install.
> On 10.10, though, once I had installed Gparted, it filled up the
> system's RAMdisk and crashed the desktop. No panel, no window manager,
> nothing, just the desktop and Ubiquity icon.
> I rebooted and tried again. This time I could run Gparted and make a
> new root filesystem, but then I couldn't run Ubiquity. No error was
> produced. I looked at the properties of the icon to see the command
> but it does not show this rather critical info. I opened a terminal,
> took a guess and changed to /home/lubuntu/Desktop and examined the
> file with "less".
> This gave me the basic command to run. Not knowing what the switches
> and parameters mean, I just tried "ubiquity". It failed, segfaulted,
> with an error that there was no space on root.
> I rebooted, ran it again from the desktop, and then was able to install.
> I rebooted again, manually tweaked my /etc/default/grub file for the
> kernel parms I need (the machine will not boot without acpi=force and
> the screen looks very poor without vga=791, which also gets the
> graphical boot screen working, which does not happen otherwise - I get
> a text one that says Ubuntu not Lubuntu).
> Update-manager ran and I accepted the default offerings. Installation
> failed over a clashing library. I had to run
> apt-get install -f
> ... then
> apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -y
> ... to resolve this.
> So finally I have a working system, but install was a bit fraught!
> The simplest improvement would be to bundle Gparted on the live CD.
> There's plenty of room - 150MB spare on the disk and Gparted +
> dependencies is under a tenth of that, I think - and that's
> uncompressed.
> The other issues, well, I have no direct suggestions, I was merely
> reporting them.
> It is a little bigger and slower than Crunchbang but then Crunchbang
> is only Ubuntu 9.04. OTOH, Lubuntu has a full and rather attractive
> desktop, whereas #! is deliberately super-minimal.
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