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I am a longtime openSUSE user. However, my friend convinced me to give debian a try.

When installing, I noticed there was no ext3 option (which I usually use), so I selected ufs. Then I got an error:

ufs file system creation failed.

I tried multiple times. It would seem that it only succeeded when I created only one partition (and not a seperate /home like I usually do).

Any ideas what went wrong here?

And why is there no ext3 option? Are people no longer using that? I thought they were.

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Debian still supports ext3. What installer are you using? –  sr_ Nov 14 '12 at 10:39
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Also if it lists ext4, that is a drop in replacement for ext3. –  Tim Nov 14 '12 at 14:42
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Hit Alt-F3 or Alt-F4, one of those consoles should have the log messages. That may give you a clue as to why mkfs failed. But really, use ext4. –  derobert Nov 14 '12 at 14:58

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