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Hi, I'm looking for some information on how to go about installing multiple distributions onto a single hdd that will share a home directory and a directory of media files. I have the intention of using this box to serve these media files on my LAN so I can grab them with my other computers when needed, but only have the files take up space on the one HDD (would delete from other computer when not needed). I was just wondering what would be a good way to set up the partitioning of this harddrive (hda), my thoughts are:
would this setup work? and what sizes should I make each partition? (60 gig HDD). I intend to run Redhat 9 as one of the distros, maybe slackware as another, and I would like to try to set up Gentoo as well. Would I just simply have each distro intall to it's respective root partition and mount /hda4 and /hda5 as home and media?
Boot should be tiny (~20mb), the roots for each distro should be given alot each, and the size of the home depends on how much you're gonna sit at this computer (if alot, give it alot). Don't forget swap, which shouldn't be more than 500mb. Search this forum on this topic for more info.
Whoa, don't forget about primary/extended/logical partitions! There can only be 4 primary or extended partitions (/dev/hda1-4). An extended partition is a primary one that can carry logical ones (/dev/hda5+). Make an extended partiton to carry some of the 6 partitions you need. They can carry up to 11 logical partitions.
I have been wanting to do this same thing, and this thread has been very helpful in answering the questions I had (just about exactly the same as the OP); but one thing is confusing me.
Why would I need a seperate boot partition? My current config is something like:
/hda - Bootloader installed here (MBR)
/hda1-4 - M$ Windows crap - mostly games
/hdc1 - Linux root
/hdc2 - Linux /home
/hdc3 - Linux /usr/local
/hdc4 - Linux swap
I recently replaced my old 20GB Linux hard drive (/hdc) with a new 120GB, and I am planning on trying out several new distros with the extra space. My quick search on partitioning tips found this thread, which answered all my original questions, but introduced this new question. Is the boot partition mentioned in the thread just the place to install the bootloader? As I use the MBR on my other drive, I don't think I would need a seperate partition just for booting, but I'm not sure if that's what the intention for having a seperate boot partition is.
How is it useful for multiple distros? And what would be installed on it that would benefit from being ro? For that matter, what would go in a seperate boot partition at all?
Also, if somebody w/ experience in this wanted to write a (mini-?)HOWTO on The Linux Documentation Project on testing multiple distributions on one box, I think it would be appreciated. TLDP has answered almost all questions I have ever had, but as far as the current issue goes this was the most info they had, and while somewhat helpful, it is rather unstructured and incomplete.
Oh, I also have /boot (/dev/hda6).
I have this already (gentoo installed).
I also have a spare partition (/dev/hda13) with 10 gig on it and I want to install redhat on it. However I'm just unable to work out how this is done.
I know I have to enter details in /etc/lilo.conf to boot the kernel but I don't really understand how it knows what partitions to use etc. (like how does it know to use /dev/hda13/usr rather than /usr (on /dev/hda9)??