YaST installer is using a drive for swap, preventing RAID from being setup

I indeed did not reread the whole thread, but throw in my post just in case. Sorry for repeating you.

I personaly would use the install DVD and choose the Rescue option. Then from the command line I would use fdisk. No need to make it more difficult or using GUI tools. But that is very, very personal. :wink:

Dear Henk,

That clearly would work.

This is absolutely true for someone experienced with the command line like you are :slight_smile:

Yours
Mike

On 2012-12-03 21:46, ratzi wrote:

> Yes, you mentionned it already in
> http://tinyurl.com/d56jgnb
>
> Shame on me!
>
> I didn’t understand how to do that:
> the openSUSE installer from the DVD proceeds and I never had even a bit
> of an idea
> how I could open a console during that process, to e.g. switch swap
> off, or to do whatever.

Ah, then just ask again :slight_smile:

At any point during the installation or before, you can press
[Ctrl][Alt][F1] to reach the first virtual terminal VT1. There are
more, one per F keys. Some are used for logs, some are terminals where
you can issue commands. One of them, typically VT7, is the graphical
session.

One good point to do this is after the installation asks for language.

The command “swapon -s” tells you which swaps are in use:


> Telcontar:~ # swapon -s
> Filename                                Type            Size    Used    Priority
> /dev/sda6                               partition       10482376        464092  -1
> /dev/sdb7                               partition       11534632        0       -2
> Telcontar:~ #


Then you only need to issue “swapoff /dev/sda6” to disable one swap space.

Easy! :slight_smile:

Also during the installation setup you can go back and forth to do
things. If it says that swap is used, you can switch to a VT and disable
it like above, go back to the graphical session, and tell it to go back
a step or two so that it retries the disk.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

Dear Carlos,

Aha, that’s nice!

I already discovered that I could get a terminal,
if openSUSE 12.1 hangs during shutdown
(which happens from time to time),
by pressing alt-ctrl-F1, alt-ctrl-F2 etc.,
so I would then be able to enter a “shutdown -h now”,
to get the system shut down in a clean way.

So I infer that - during installation - alt-ctrl-F7 would typically return control to the graphical installer
that runs from the openSUSE installer DVD, right?

Yes, clearly, because the partitioner is started soon afterwards,
and the swap will have to be disabled beforehand,
if it should be deleted using the partitioner.

Great!

Yours
Mike

On 2012-12-04 23:46, ratzi wrote:

> robin_listas;2508318 Wrote:
>> One of them, typically VT7, is the graphical session.
>
> So I infer that - during installation - alt-ctrl-F7 would typically
> return control to the graphical installer
> that runs from the openSUSE installer DVD, right?

Yes. But you have to find out, because during the installation there are
are changed things and it could be number 5, for example. So I take a
look around to find out what is there.

> robin_listas;2508318 Wrote:
>> One good point to do this is after the installation asks for language.
>
> Yes, clearly, because the partitioner is started soon afterwards,
> and the swap will have to be disabled beforehand,
> if it should be deleted using the partitioner.

Right.

> Great!

Good. Tell us what progress you make.

It can be that the system refuses to disable swap, because it thinks it
needs it a lot… Then we’ll have to think something else. But I doubt
that will be the case.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

Well, I now think that the starter of the thread should say something.

Hey bluedalek](https://forums.opensuse.org/members/bluedalek.html) you really did get some good answers.

Is your system running?