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Old 06-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Partitioning for Linux SUSE Installation


Hi All,
I am trying to install Linux SUSE Enterprise Server 11 SP2 on an existing Ubuntu desktop (Dual boot).
Installing Ubuntu was very easy and Ubuntu basically did everything for me. My question is about the SUSE installation:
When getting to the partitioning screen I get the following existing partitions:
sda1 - Native Linux
sda2 - extended
sda5 - Linux Swap

If I understand correctly, I need to do the following:
  • Re-size sda1 for 70 GB less (This is the space I want for the SUSE)
  • Install SUSE on the new partition

My question is what else do I need to do?
Do I need to add a Swap partition for SUSE, or can I use sda5?
Do I need another extended partition or this one is just to allow more than four partitions?
Do I need to install GRUB in advance or will SUSE install it on later stages?

Thanks.
Guy
 
Old 06-04-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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After resizing sda1 you may want to resize the extended partition & install there.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:06 PM   #3
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After resizing sda1 you may want to resize the extended partition & install there.
Thank you for reply.
Why do I need to use the extended partition (it is only ~10 GB at the moment) instead of a new one?
Do I need to explicitly create a new Swap partition or can I use the existing one?
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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If you resize sda1 to 70 gigs or less you can add the free space to extended partition also you can use the swap partition.
Your extended partition will be 10Gigs plus whatever free space you add to it.
Also using the extended partition to install to gives you more options for seperate directories. For instance /, /Home, swap
Also you are limited to 4 primary partitions.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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Thank you
How about GRUB?
Do I need to install it in advance or will SUSE install it?
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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Suse will install it.
Do you have anything on sda1
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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Yes.
sda1 is the existing Ubuntu installation which I want to keep for my everyday use.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #8
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I probably wouldn't install grub, because the ubuntu system already has it. After installing I would boot Ubuntu & run
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sudo update-grub
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #9
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Thanks, I will try that
Thanks a lot for your help.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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You're welcome & Good Luck.
 
  


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