Problem installing Fedora11 from liveCD
I have never attempted to install to ext4, although I would like to try it. I learned elsewhere that GRUB will not boot an ext3 partition, which is making this install more complicated than my previous successes.
Somewhere, it is listed the recommendation for:
1. A swap partition
2. A /boot partition
3. A / partition
I've been through it before with swap partitions, primary partitions, and logical partitions, but never saw an option for a type "boot" partition option in the drop-down list. I know much less about the boot process, and then I have never had to deal with a conflict between the system and the boot partition.
I had set up my system partition to be formatted ext4, with the mount point "/". This is not good enough for the installer, I need another partition to boot my system, with the ext3 format, but what must I do to tell the installer that this is my boot partition and don't try to boot "/"? Do I need to do more than establish a mount point "/boot" in the ext3?
Anyway, with another distro on my hard drive, I guess when my computer boots the /boot partition, I will still need to select from the GRUB menu of systems to run. Would I be able to do a setup without creating another partition (however small, I know), and set it up to boot an existing ext3 partition instead, and then run the fedora system? If so, how would I make it do this, and would it cause any disadvantages?
One more question - do I need more than one swap file for all the distros on a hard drive?
Last edited by DGeeez; 09-02-2009 at 02:49 PM.