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Re: install experience
Re: install experience
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:17:16 +0100
Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)
Thanks for your report on your experience. It’s very helpful in
understanding what’s wrong and in improving the thing!
Thomas Danckaert <address@hidden> skribis:
> - I had a false start because on my first attempt, I did not have a
> BIOS boot partition (there was still an EFI system partition,
> originally from a past windows installation, I think), so the final
> step of the installation, installing grub, failed. 宋文武 already
> submitted a patch to point out this requirement in the docs.
I hope we can eventually rely on a manual that deals specifically with
> - During this first attempt, which would ultimately fail for the
> above reason, I also got an error running “herd start cow-store
> /mnt”. The message was:
> “ERROR. in procedure mount: mount "./rw-store" on "/gnu/store":
> I decided to reboot and try again, but got the same message.
> However, when running guix system reconfigure, the store in
> /mnt/gnu/store did get populated (which is the point of cow-store,
> as I understand it), so perhaps this error was not fatal...
> On my second attempt (then with the correct boot partition), I did
> not get this error anymore. So I have no further information, I'm
> afraid. The only difference that I'm aware of between both
> attempts, was the partitioning scheme (2nd attempt added the BIOS
> boot partition, and removed a few unnecessary partitions).
People reported it before but I don’t see how this can happen. At any
rate, there seems to be a bug lurking here, we’ll have to investigate.
> - I followed advice I thought I'd once read somewhere (though not in
> the manual), and first installed a basic system with the bare-bones
> config from
> and then switched to a full desktop environment after booting into
> the newly installed system for the first time (perhaps I
> could/should have just used a full desktop rightaway?). I had
> used the wireless during installation, but didn't include
> wpa_supplicant (and whatever else might be needed to get similar
> wifi support as the installation image) in my system
> configuration, so I couldn't use wireless anymore after booting
> into my new system :-) Therefore, I had to walk over to my router
> and connect by cable to continue (at least that was the solution I
> came up with).
> - When I tried to login as non-root user for the first time, my home
> directory was not there, and I was sent back to the login screen. I
> logged in as root and created/chown'ed the home directory myself.
> Unfortunately, I have no further information here, either.
Could it be that /home is a separate partition? There’s a bug waiting
to be fixed in this area: <https://bugs.gnu.org/21108>.
> Now, the system works fine, though I'll try to tweak it for better
> touchpad support, graphics acceleration (I'm gnome3 is currently
> unusable) and sharper fonts. Those things worked better when it was
> running Ubuntu, though I suspect some of that was due to non-free
> driver blobs etc.
If you find ways to tweak it, let us know how we can improve the default
- install experience, Thomas Danckaert, 2017/01/23
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