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Old 06-24-2005, 11:06 PM   #1
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Formating a new partition


I'm a new slackware user, (new to linux in general actualy) I plan on learning linux by installing it, playing around with all the settings until I break it, and installing fresh to start again.

I was read somebody's post about setting up DHCP and I ended up starting my own DHCP server and causing a broadcast storm on my home network lol...

So now I couldn't figure out how to disable my DHCP server... so i'm playing around in root with lots of settings and some how I can't log into any X window system anymore... this doesn't really bother me that I need to reinstall linux (I've already done it a few times)

The problem is that this time I have files that I downloaded (Firefox, Samba, Java, ext.)

I launched CFDISK and made a new linux partition "/dev/hda6/" that I can keep my files on, but I can't figure out how to format the new partition and mount it, to store my files on it while I reinstall linux on "/dev/hda5/"...

Can anybody tell me the commands I use at the console to do this?
 
Old 06-24-2005, 11:20 PM   #2
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Re: Formating a new partition

if you want reiserfs:

# mkreiserfs /dev/hda6

if you want ext2:

# mke2fs /dev/hda6

for ext3:

# mke2fs -j /dev/hda6


for more info:
man mkreiserfs
man mke2fs
 
Old 06-24-2005, 11:27 PM   #3
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ill start by answering your question. first you need to decide on the file system you want to use on this partition. reisersfs is better with smaller files, while ext. 2 is better with bigger files, ext. 3 is a journalized version of ext. 2 i usually use reisers eitherway, just cause i have had better luck with it. so you would, as root type:

mkreiserfs /dev/hda6

#or

mke2fs -j /dev/hda6 #(for ext. 3)

#or

mke2fs /dev/hda6




now proceeding on,, why dont you try to fix wha tyou mess up. that is how i learned linux. actaully i did it the way you are doing it, til i got more comfortable with it. i used to think they only way to fix it was to reinstall, but that is windows thinking. linux can easily be fixed. so if you ever want to tackle a problem, hit the forums with a description of the problem, and what you did to cause it.
 
Old 06-24-2005, 11:28 PM   #4
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ha ha ha, synaptical beat me to it. ha ha.
 
Old 06-24-2005, 11:46 PM   #5
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edong23 : Well, I did try to undo the setting changes i made but i made so many that i dont know what I did to make X stop working, I didn't realy think i was changing things that would effect it, so i don't know where to start looking to fix it.

Ok, using both of your advice i got ext2 on /dev/hda6 , but i can't firure out how to read/write to it, do i need to mount it somehow?

Last edited by Blackthorns.Legacy; 06-24-2005 at 11:48 PM.
 
Old 06-24-2005, 11:53 PM   #6
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Originally posted by Blackthorns.Legacy
edong23 : Well, I did try to undo the setting changes i made but i made so many that i dont know what I did to make X stop working, I didn't realy think i was changing things that would effect it, so i don't know where to start looking to fix it.

Ok, using both of your advice i got ext2 on /dev/hda6 , but i can't firure out how to read/write to it, do i need to mount it somehow?
yes, eg:

# cd /mnt
# mkdir hda6
# mount /dev/hda6 /mnt/hda6
 
Old 06-25-2005, 12:00 AM   #7
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do i need to mount it somehow?
yep, first you need to create a directory to mount it to:
Code:
mkdir /mnt/hda6
then you mount it with:
Code:
mount /dev/hda6 /mnt/hda6
note that you will probably need to be root to do one or both of the above commands.
to become root temporarily you can do
Code:
su
and then ctrl-D to become a normal user again.

for more information on mounting:
Code:
man mount
 
Old 06-25-2005, 12:06 AM   #8
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OH! ok, i'm starting to understand linux better
Thanks alot everybody
 
Old 06-25-2005, 12:28 AM   #9
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cool... also you can add this to your /etc/fstab so that you can mount it with just something like

mount /mnt/hda6

or soemthing like that./ man it
 
  


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