When Linux is running it's installation, it automatically swaps from RAM to a temp SWAP space that it creates to handle the installation. That temp SWAP space is then deleted when the installation completes.
In choosing automatic partitioning, a workstation-class installation removes all Linux-related partitions on all installed hard drives (and uses all free unpartitioned disk space) to create the
* A 64MB swap partition.
* A variable-sized root partition (mounted as /) in which all other files are stored (the exact size of this partition is dependent on your available disk space).
* A16MB partition (mounted as /boot) in which the Linux kernel and related files reside.
Since you stated earlier that you had chosen the workstation installation and took the defaults and let Linux partition for you, the SWAP idea doesn't fly.
From: jim barr net [mailto:jim barr net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 9:32 AM
To: redhat-install-list redhat com
Subject: Re:RedHat 7.1 hangs at "Starting kswapd" during boot
I am not at home right now, but I will check things out when
I get home.
Basically, I just "hit next" and accepted all the defaults in
the anaconda setup. One of the selections was to let setup automatically
partition everything and auto-create the file systems--no messing
with fdisk. I have no problems with fdisk, I just wanted to
see if the auto-setup was truely automatic. Anyway, the option
I chose specified that everything would be erased. I assume
that this means that all existing partitions would be destroyed
an new ones created. Screen messages seemed to support that.
Unfortunatly, I can't even boot to see what partitions exist,
so I will have to go through the setup again (no big deal) and
copy down what partitions are created with sizes and will let
you know what I find. (I guess I could boot in "rescue" mode
from the CD and run fdisk to see. I'll do that.
As an aside, the thing I find most humorous is that the installation
session, which RUNS UNDER LINUX!, booted just fine and ran in
a fully graphical mode. I find it funny that the setup could
boot, but the installation couldn't.
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