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Old 03-22-2003, 01:13 PM   #1
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easiest way to install another Linux distro alongside existing linux


Hi, I currently am running redhat 8.0, I have ONLY linux, no windows on this box, how do I install another linux distro, it seems most of them just want to use the current linux partition, which is the only partition I have, other than swap and boot.
 
Old 03-22-2003, 01:17 PM   #2
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Have you got enough free space to create another partition?
 
Old 03-22-2003, 01:22 PM   #3
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Tons of free space, I've got redhat on all 60 GB, how do I create another partition, I have plenty of room, in fact I'd like to have 3 or 4 distros installed just for fun.
 
Old 03-22-2003, 01:27 PM   #4
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Use parted (www.freshmeat.net) resize as many partitions as you'd like (about 4GB per distro).

Then during the install, simply point the new "free/blank" partition to your new / partition of the new distro.

Cool
 
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You have plenty of fee space on your linux partition but by the sounds of it your partition uses the whole drive.

If you want to make more partitions you will need to reduce your current partition. There is a tool called "parted" tat will do the trick.

BE WARNED resizing partitions is a risky business - be prepared by having all your data backed up and the RedHat disks ready for a reinstall. (if it does come to a reinstall use disk druid to manually size the partitions)
 
Old 03-22-2003, 01:27 PM   #6
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well just go install it then. the only thing you really might want to think about is which distro you want to boot the whole shebang with. maybe you prefer a certain boot screen like mandrakes or redhats.... just install a distro and obviously use the same swap partition, and *probably* the same /home too then install. depending on the distro you're installing the installer may well pick up all the other distros on the system, but i wouldn't count on it. just add the entries yourself, or a safer way would be to not install any boot loader at all, install and erboot back the the first distro and then add the booting details to the /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/grub.conf accordingly, then reboot
 
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1 other thing to note - beware of using LABEL values in fstab with more that one OS it tends cause headaches - set them to their device names before you install a second OS.

EDIT: same with bootloader conf!

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Old 03-22-2003, 04:06 PM   #8
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I'm having a problem installing parted, I get the following error when running ./configure

configure: error: no acceptable cc found in $PATH
 
Old 03-22-2003, 04:09 PM   #9
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what's that got to do with dual booting? one question one thread in future please, but go install the gcc rpm and anythign else it asks for.
 
Old 03-22-2003, 04:16 PM   #10
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Surely it is related in cases where a second install cannot be acheived because of an existing partition filling a drive.

Forget compiling parted. Download
ftp://ftp.rpmfind.net/linux/redhat/8....24-6.i386.rpm

Then run:
rpm -ivh parted-1.4.24-6.i386.rpm
 
Old 03-22-2003, 05:10 PM   #11
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Thanks David, and I agree I am staying inside of the same thread, still trying to dual boot, just need parted to work to do it.
 
  


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