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Questions tagged [system-installation]

Use this tag for questions related to the initial installation of Unix-like operating systems. When installing extra software on a running system, use the "software-installation" tag.

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Dropped into Arch emergency shell, incorrect FSTAB causes mounting issues, keyboard does not work, installing Arch onto a USB key using QEMU

This is my first time trying to install Arch so my apologies if I don't understand your answer. Here is my problem. I am using the QEMU emulator (x86_64) to install Archlinux on a 128GB Samsung USB ...
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Installing Arch onto a USB key from QEMU emulation, but all efivar files missing

I am really new to this, and I tried to install archlinux (from the official Arch ISO: here) onto a 128GB USB 3.1 Samsung key (this one) using the x86 emulator QEMU on MacOS. I finished installing ...
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Windows and Debian-based dual boot installation problem

I Need to have Windows 10 and Debian in dual boot on my Laptop. I've installed Windows 10 ( uefi mode) as primary OS. When i try to boot into my USB Stick created for Uefi with the installer of Debian,...
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Setting up a PC to run the examples in “Linux Device Drivers” book [on hold]

I am a programmer looking to gain expert experience into the workings of the Linux operating system. I have gone through many tutorials and materials on the basic workings of operating systems and ...
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Lubuntu 19.04 Calamares Installation does not provide full disk encryption

Is it possible to install Lubuntu with the Ubiquity installer used by Ubuntu? I can't setup full disk encryption correctly with the Calamares installer of Lubuntu 19.04; it has no option to use the ...
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Creating bind mounts at Linux installation time

Generally, when we install a Linux distro (I'll use Ubuntu-like distro as an example, but can be any distro), we define partitions and mount points that will be applied to a disk, after we click on "...
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Why do users and settings sometimes persist after a “clean” reinstall? [closed]

There have been several instances where I did an install of an OS over an existing one (same OS, choosing "use entire disk", saying yes to existing installations being lost), only to revert to the ...
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Install Fedora to disk with existing /boot partition

I want to install Fedora to disk where is existing distribution that uses /boot partition with GRUB. Is there any way to tell the installer I want to use the boot partition without reinstalling and/...
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Are there any distros that come with a prebuild DWM or EXWM install?

And if yes, how good* are they? I like to use Tiling Window Managers but I do not like to configure everything from scratch. I already use Manjaro-i3 and it is pretty nice. Right now I am interested ...
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Where can I get Devuan testing version installation images?

For Debian, you can get weekly-generated ISO installer images of the current "testing" release, from here. But for Devuan, I could only find installation images for the stable and oldstable versions (...
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Installing centos, error - failed to find suitable stage1 device

On my machine i already have windows. On free space of 100gb, I created 3 partitions for new centos installation - /boot 500mb, swap 8gb, and / of remaining 90gb. All are of type standard partition, ...
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Acer G9-793 shows two 120GB M.2 SSDs, not one 240GB SSD. Why?

I am trying to install POP! OS to my Acer Predator 17 (G9-793). When going to partition my C drive, i noticed that my 240 GB C drive was showing up as two 120 GB drives and were unallocated. I had to ...
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Error when I try to install Linux Mint

I am trying to install Linux Mint.  At the end of the installation I clicked on "Reboot" and I got this message: [ 1666.864640] usb 1-2: USB disconnect, device number 2 [ 3192.161271] systemd-shutdow:...
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Gentoo Linux: what is the difference between the minimal installation CD and “Stage 3”?

I am going to install Gentoo Linux, and I see three options on their website: Minimal Installation CD, 2019-05-26, 286 MiB Hybrid ISO (LiveDVD), 2016-07-04, 2 GiB Stage 3, 2019-05-26, 260 MiB From ...
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Windows on SSD, Linux on HDD. No dual-boot. Separate bootloader devices. Will there be problems?

I have a 1 Terabyte HDD which is currently empty storage space for Windows which is on SSD. I want to split the HDD to two 500GB partitions and use first half as Windows storage space and the other ...
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Starting installation from a small program

You can install openSUSE by booting from an USB pendrive being created by its Network image which is only 120MB, just point to where the installation image is on the local partition. So most part of ...
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Adding Debian 9.9 to existing RHEL 8.0 system

I have a system with RHEL 8.0. I need to install Debian 9.9 and make the system dual-bootable. Would be grateful for any insight on how to do this especially if it includes specific steps. A second ...
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Grub Installation failed - Invalid Argument

Been stuck on installation of multiple distros for a while. The installation always fails when running the grub installer and the syslog says: grub-installer: info: Installing Grub on '/dev/mmcblk0' ...
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Can one run linux from a folder via entry into bootloader (GRUB2 etc) rather than from a whole partition

I would like to know if one can extract an ISO into a folder and then add an entry into the bootloader pointing to initrd and kernel and boot into this linux distro? I know booting into linux ISO ...
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CentOS installer fails with Nouveau errors; Ubuntu installer works

I have a custom built Windows 10 desktop that I am considering putting Linux on. Since I use CentOS on my file server, my first choice was to also use CentOS on the desktop. However, when I tried to ...
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reduce or delete existing root partition and install new distro

I would like to delete my existing Mint root partition which is on /dev/sda2 as its is very large space for root and I am out of space on the /home partition which is on /dev/sda4 I read online that ...
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How load firmwares from non-free cd-including-firmware Debian?

I downloaded unofficial non-free Debian DVD including-firmware and put it on flash memory using rufus in dd mode. But while trying to install Debian, it says I should insert media containing firmware. ...
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Arch Linux Installation - GPG Errors and Unrecognized Archive Format

I got a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 and have been trying to boot Arch from an ISO that I burned onto a 4 GB USB stick. The ISO image is burned correctly and is not corrupted. The partition created on my SSD ...
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Easy free Solaris-like development VM

I wrote some open source Linux/BSD software with a command line interface and would like to know if I can easily make it run on Solaris too. What would be the easy options (i.e. about equally easy as ...
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What is special about programs that create bootable USB sticks for Linux?

Why couldn't I just mount the ISO and copy the files over to the stick?
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Installation stuck at reboot

I just tried installing Pop_OS! 19.04 ( dual boot with Windows 10 ), but after the installation finished and I was given the option to reboot, I pressed it and then it kind of hanged. About 15 minutes ...
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Install GhostBSD from within FreeBSD

Is it possible to install GhostBSD from within a working installation of FreeBSD?
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Accidentally created symlink dhcpcd, how to remove it again

I was setting up arch linux and accidentally hit enter after typing systemctl enable dhcpcd. After that the console said Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/dhcpcd.service -...
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Antergos, trouble creating persistnt USB

I used this guide: https://forum.antergos.com/topic/5883/create-persistent-antergos-live-usb-on-windows-10/6 To try and install Antergos persistently on a USB stick from another USB stick carrying ...
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Cannot run/install Linux on AMD based ThinkPad E585

I am not able to run/install Linux on my Lenovo ThinkPad E585. I tried both a full installation and running from the USB stick. All I get is: GRUB starting from the USB stick. Select Linux installer ...
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How to install Devuan/Debian testing/unstable without starting from a stable release?

It is possible to install Devuan/Debian stable and then editing /etc/apt/sources.list upgrade to a testing/unstable branch (ref). However on my laptop I have an AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor, which ...
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Installing Manjaro 18 on HP Spectre NVMe SSD

I recently picked up this lovely laptop (HP Spectre X360 13), and want to install Manjaro on it. It has a Toshiba NVMe SSD (KXG50ZNV1T02). Seeing that this will be my first install of Linux onto an ...
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Linux Live CD crash after GRUB selection

I'm running on a fairly old HP Pavilion x360 - 13-a110dx (ENERGY STAR) with the newest BIOS firmware available. It has Intel HD 5500 graphics and 4 GB RAM. I'm currently trying to install ANY linux ...
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install arch into already parttioned disk

I've been using linux for couple of years, but still can't manage partitioning at all. I have / and /home partitions on my drive and want to use these partitions for my fresh Arch installation. I'm ...
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How to make a fully bootable ISO from Alpine Linux Edge?

I would like to make an alpine installation iso which has the following attributes: During installation it has an answerfile so that the setup process (the setup script) takes those default inputs ...
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System installation failed. Substitution of webkitgtk-2.20.5. GuixSD Linux

When I install GuixSD on my computer, not VM, it fails at downloading the package webkitgtk-2.20.5 each time. The progress of its downloading is from 71 to 78%. There is an info that a device is full: ...
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Failed install of Ubuntu 18.04 to Asus GL553VW [closed]

Does anyone know how to install Ubuntu 18.04 on an Asus GL553VW with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU? I made a USB, inserted it to the computer, and now the install screen shows only a welcome screen. ...
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“No such file” info during installing Guixsd

I was installing Guixsd on a computer, not VM. I prepared config.scm file and typed out a command # guix system init /mnt/etc/config.scm /etc The installation was working a few minutes and ...
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How to Install Linux without CD/USB

I have a machine with no CD/DVD drive. I do not own a USB. This device has only 32gigs of memory. I have a Kali iso that I want to install on it. The notebook currently runs on Debian. Any ideas on ...
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Installing Fedora 29 alongside Windows 10 replacing Ubuntu 18.10

I currently have a Windows 10 installation and Ubuntu 18.10 installed alongside it. I recently tried to install fedora but on the HDD there was no FAT32 partition for the boot. sdap1 was a NTFS ...
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How to simultaneously dual-boot >>several<< slackware versions along with windows on a uefi/gpt box?

Back in 2015, I got an Asus VivoPC-VM62N with Windows preinstalled. I ran gparted (gnu partition editor) on it, shrank the Windows partition, and used the freed-up space for several linux partitions ...
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Manual partitioning for encrypted LVM setup is blocked

I am trying to Install Kali Linux on my MacBook Pro for dual boot with Mac. Here is the GUI I am talking about (the same is in Debian and Ubuntu, but just to clarify this I found image in google): ...
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Cannot even start Devuan/Debian installation

I have a problem installing Devuan Linux 2.0 from an USB memory stick. What happens is that after the first menu, where I have to select graphic/textual installation, all I get is a blank screen. I ...
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While using a debian preseed how to assign hostname manually? [closed]

I made a preseed.cfg for a Debian 9.7 netinstall and add it to the initrd on the ISO. There a two things I want to assign manually during installation, the IP address and the hostname. The IP address ...
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Linux directories read/write behaviour?

I need to know how the directories of a Linux system are used, in relation to their approximate read/write behaviour in time. So far I have not been able to find any references. Can anybody provide ...
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How to install Linux on multiple disks/SSDs?

I would like to install a Linux distribution (probably Devuan) on my dual SSD system, in the most convenient way: 250GB, NVMe. 500GB, SATA3. The criteria are both performance and SSD lifespan (...
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Disabling secure boot and third party drivers

Whilst installing linux mint 19.1 cinnamon i checked the "I want third party drivers box". However, upon checking that box i was prompted to create a password in order to disable secure boot. Thus, ...
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Secure boot and linux mint 19.1 cinnamon

I am currently planning on installing linux mint 19.1 cinnamon on a new SSD, after completely removing the w10 SSD, which was previously in use, from my PC. Now, is it still recommended to disable ...
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Debian USB installation

I am trying to install Debian 9 in a computer which doesn't have a DVD drive, which means that I have to install it through USB. I have tried several methods that I found on the Internet such as using ...
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CentOS 7.6 install fails w. NVIDIA P620 set to offboard or auto, completes OK set to onboard

Using a Supermicro server w/ an NVIDIA P620 graphics card, I try to install CentOS-7.6.1810 from DVD. I have two monitors connected, a 2560x1440 qnix via white DVD-D cable off the P620 graphics card ...