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Old 10-14-2006, 08:47 PM   #1
pppaaarrrkkk
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GRUB on its own partition


Is this a good idea ? If you put GRUB on its own on the first partition, then you can do whatever you like to the second partition without interfering with the boot loader.

Does this make sense ? If so, how big should the partion be and what sort of filesystem type should you specify ?

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Old 10-14-2006, 09:02 PM   #2
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That's how I've always done mine, have a partition for /boot, which is where grub lives, and a partition for the rest of /, plus windows and a shared drive.

As long as your kernel supports it, it can be just about anything, IIRC. I use ETX3, so mine is EXT3, aka type 83 Linux.

Partial output of fdisk /dev/hda -l, for my system shows this:
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/dev/hda1   *           1        1044     8385898+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda2            1045        1057      104422+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3            1058        4321    26218080   83  Linux
/dev/hda4            4322        4870     4409842+   5  Extended
/dev/hda5            4322        4674     2835441    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hda6            4675        4870     1574338+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda1 is my windows partition, hda2 is /boot, hda3 is /, hda4 is the extended partition containing my shared drive hda5 and my swap drive hda6

HTH

Scott McNeely
 
Old 10-14-2006, 09:10 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by pppaaarrrkkk
Is this a good idea ? If you put GRUB on its own on the first partition, then you can do whatever you like to the second partition without interfering with the boot loader.

Does this make sense ?
I have that setup and it works for me.

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If so, how big should the partion be and what sort of filesystem type should you specify ?
I've a /boot partition of 100 MB. It is more than enough. You probably are referring to the partition type, which would be 83 (Linux) and filesystem can be anything (its generally ext3 or reiserfs).

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