Re: Redhat 4.0 install pronlem on UDB

Mike Loseke (
Tue, 12 Nov 1996 13:44:42 -0700 (MST)

> >>> dave madden said:
> >
> > This happened to me, too, when upgrading from 3.0.3(?) to RH4.0. It
> > seemed to be caused by bogus partition information hanging around on
> > the disk (I think I used the BSD[?] partition scheme the first time I
> > installed, but switched to fdisk [which I understand better] before
> > installing RH4.0).
> >
> > The fix was to clear the whole disk before install with
> >
> > dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1024k
> >
> > You probably don't have to erase the *whole* thing, but I don't know
> > how much is enough.
> How long did *that* take? I simply use "bs=512 count=2", seems to work.
> I think there's a rev of "fdisk" in the works that does the clear-out
> automatically, as the current "minlabel" does; is/will there be an RPM
> for this?

So, what would be the easiest way to do this with nothing but sda1
defined (which has milo and loadlin on it)?

I'm sorry if it's a simple answer, but I picked the same day to upgrade
my alpha that our main server (stupid FreeBSD) decided to go into
non-stop death-throes, so my brain is in a harried state...

       Mike Loseke        |
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