Problems Creating/Overwriting partition tables on the slave nodes.

Robert Sand rsand at d.umn.edu
Fri Dec 8 16:21:23 EST 2000


All,

I've been having problems setting up the IDE drives on my slave nodes.  First of
all I am using the software installed from the Distribution CD from Scyld.  The
drives on the slaves are all the same type of drive and currently have RedHat
Linux installed on them.  What I want to do is instead of booting from the
floppy drive is to boot from the IDE drive.

When I do a /usr/lib/beoboot/bin/beofdisk -q the partition table in
/etc/beowulf/fdisk looks good so I want to write that partion table to the disks
using /usr/lib/beoboot/bin/beofdisk -w.  This runs just fine and it tells me I
have to reboot the slave nodes for the new table to be saved.  I reboot the
slaves and they come up just fine but I can't do the beoboot-install because it
has problems writing to the disk.  Doing a bpsh 0 /sbin/sfdisk -l /dev/hda it
shows me that the partition table has not even changed: it is still the old
Redhat installation.

Something is wrong here and the Help I've received from Richard Walsh is great
but it also brings up other problems.  He states that I should copy everything
in /lib to the slaves using bpcp.  Every single time I do this I get error
messages saying invalid option or file not found.  Then I do a bpsh 0 ls -la
/lib and it only shows me the one library that is there after booting.  What is
up here?  Does bpcp really work or does it only work when you boot from the hard
drive?

These are really bad problems and I do need to get this thing running again so
that our faculity can use it.  If anyone has had this problem I'd appreciate it
if I could find out how you got around it.  If anyone at Scyld can help me that
would be great too.  I was told by someone at Scyld that I should get the
distribution CD when I was trying to install this from the RPMs.  Now I have and
I don't get answers to these questions from them.  I know this is free software
but I am perplexed at why they wouldn't like to know there may be a problem
here.


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