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[SOLVED...]Major installation issue

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[SOLVED...]Major installation issue

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Post by Captain Brillo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:49 pm

How do I turn off partition formatting during an install?
Trying to put MX on another box, and it takes 3 hours. It's the slowest thing I've ever seen. Formatting takes at least an hour per partition...
I made 3 USBs: one with internet download, one with basic snapshot, one with full snapshot.

Been playing with this for 2 days, and even went so far as to re-create the USBs in Windows.

Let me put it this way: Mint 19.1 installs bug free in 15-20 minutes, including format time.
MX takes 3 hours, and then fails completely installing grub - one attempt I hard shutdown after 40 minutes trying to install grub.

Half-dozen attempts - I'm nothing if not persistent.

If this had been my first experience with MX, you'd have never seen me again. What is going on?
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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by Stevo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:55 pm

Make your target partitions beforehand, and then choose "Install on existing partitions" in the installer?

Formatting shouldn't take that long, though!

Are you shrinking an existing partition with stuff on it to make room for MX?
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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by Captain Brillo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:58 pm

The partitions are newly created, and empty.
Why would MX and not Mint be having this issue?

(Other system user is not impressed - may not want to try again)
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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by fehlix » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:04 pm

Captain Brillo wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:49 pm
How do I turn off partition formatting during an install?
How long would it take to format this partition in question using Gparted? Have you checked the health of the partition drive itself?
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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by Stevo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:07 pm

Yeah, I always make my partitions first, so I know exactly how big they are. I need a lot of space in / for building big packages there with puilder and sbuild.

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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by Captain Brillo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:16 pm

Yes, checked gparted... it hung
and Mint had no issues with the integrity check either.
The drive is a fairly new one of a sort (I don't remember the name - iron something) that's supposed to like being on all the time.
Would running "ixni" plus "args of your choice" help answer this?

Edit: that was Gparted in the MX USB
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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by JmaCWQ » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:48 pm

Not sure if this will help at all but I've seen similar a couple of times recently.
First was trying the "check for errors" or whatever the wording is option on the installer's formatting screen, second was bad hardware, trying to use a disk that failed badblocks testing.
I've seen G-Parted hang recently too, caused from either bad hardware, or a partition problem.

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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by Eadwine Rose » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:35 am

Gparted.. I made three partitions with that on a new 1Tb Seagate drive somewhere at the end of January. Took under a minute. No hangs here.. weird.
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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by rasat » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:31 am

Sounds like hard disk problem. Error checking takes time but formatting is fast.

As a point, why the formatting option is not there. Many do partitioning and formatting with Gparted, why formatting again when installing. Most distros have this option not to format.

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Re: Major installation issue

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Post by Eadwine Rose » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:44 am

Because not everyone does the partitioning and formatting with Gparted first, and if there is any data on the drive already when installing it might cause errors to the install with which we will then have a field day finding out what causes it because we don't know what was on the drive partitions to begin with.
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