I found that the native install script fails completely unless I pre-partition and format manually. Not at all a problem related to Cromwell. The info from the pages you linked was useful, but faulty. This is what worked for me.
*starting with a clean HD booting from X-DSL live CD "Xdsl0.7beta0.05.iso" using the partitioning page as source*
N -> P -> 1 -> +256m -> T -> 82 (for swap, same as Partitioning page you linked)
N -> P -> 2 -> +2000m -> T -> 83 -> A -> 2 (for the native install. notice type/system setting!)
W for commit
mkswap /dev/hda1 (this seems to work)
mkfs claims to run on hda2, but has no effect. creating a 3rd partition shows mkfs will error on newly created partitions without a reboot (Can you reload partition tables manually? Probably, but rebooting was faster for me). The native install script doesn't see this and writes into hda2, but this data disappears.
After a reboot I continued:
mkfs - t ext3 /dev/hda2
fsck -f -y /dev/hda2
Now hda2 is properly formatted and I could start a native install from the DSL menu. Data is actually written to hda2 now. The script does not create a linuxboot.cfg file. I did not test to reboot without manually adding one, assuming it is required for Cromwell to boot from any location.
Thanks for the help so far ldotsfan! I'll try and get a bootable cd from your latest .zip then let you know if anything weird happens.
This post has been edited by Cio: May 19 2012, 04:18 PM