centos 6.2 netinstall does not offer create custom layout at Select type of installation in text mode installation

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I want to install centos 6.2 i386 on a pc with the following specs

cpu 1.8 GHz p4
RAM 512 Mbyte
HD: IDE 20 GByte

I have downloaded netinstall iso and the installer proceeds AUTOMATICALLY in TEXT MODE until the point that i am asked to select the “Type of Installation” where i am presented with the following options ONLY

1) Use all space
2) Replace Existing Linux System
3) Use Free Space

the problem is that whatever i choose the installer auto-partitions the hard drive which is something that i do not want.

I suspect that due to the low specs of my pc the installer does not enter graphical mode installation which gives the “Create Custom Layout Option” in the “Type of Installation” step.

Is this a bug of the installer in text mode and if not is there a workaround in order to be able to create a custom layout ?

6 thoughts on - centos 6.2 netinstall does not offer create custom layout at Select type of installation in text mode installation

  • [snip]

    (http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS6.2 ):

    The text installer has limited capabilities compared to the GUI
    installer. Most notably there is no support for configuring partition
    layout, storage methods or package selection. Please refer to the
    official documentation for details. Here you can find some useful
    information on creating and using kickstart files which can be used to
    perform advanced configuring without the need for the GUI installer.

    The official documentation is here:
    http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/html/Installation_Guide/ch-guimode-x86.html#id4594292

  • I’m not KB but,, Yes, an even with:

    Mem: 446068k total, 400572k used, 45496k free, 60084k buffers
    Swap: 917496k total, 41440k used, 876056k free, 175240k cached

    On a Original Athlon with 100MHz Memory. That an is EL6 OS.

    John

  • ‘I have never gotten a gui install with less than 1GB’,, sorry for
    confusing you..But a gui will run (after install) with even less than
    what I posted above.

    Doing it from a machine running a GUI with VNC you will get a text
    installer from anaconda with less than 1gb like I did on that machine.
    If, KB really meant a ‘GUI’ install then maybe there’s an option I have
    missed in the anaconda code then.

    You could in theory rebuild Anaconda for 512MB or greater and get a gui.
    Because I have many machines with 400 – 512 MB of ram and starx just
    works with a configured video card.

    But you would have to keep in mind say 34Mb(initrd) + 160Mb(install.img)
    = (? )+ (GUI Over Head) = bare minimal for a gui install to get rolling
    if you rebuild Anaconda. The network install would require more…
    because of stage 2 installer.

    John

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