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motsteve 09-18-2008 08:10 AM

Putting a Linux PPC Distro onto a Multiboot (Yaboot) Drive
 
This is a question involving YDL6, but it could as easily be any Linux PPC distro. I didn't see a YDL forum or a similar thread of this.

I'll try not to bore people with the whys and wherefors of my question, I just want to know
if it is possible to pack YDL6 into a single partition, tack it onto the back of a
bootable drive with another Linux distro and enable them to selectively boot and share
a common swap space. To be more specific, below is the map of my drive:

/dev/hdd
# type name length base ( size ) system
/dev/hdd1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63 @ 1 ( 31.5k) Partition map
/dev/hdd2 Apple_Bootstrap untitled 1954 @ 64 (977.0k) NewWorld bootblock
/dev/hdd3 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 untitled 122880001 @ 2018 ( 58.6G) Linux native
/dev/hdd4 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap 4096001 @ 122882019 ( 2.0G) Linux swap
/dev/hdd5 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 untitled 163840001 @ 126978020 ( 78.1G) Linux native
/dev/hdd6 Apple_Free Extra 197579147 @ 290818021 ( 94.2G) Free space

Block size=512, Number of Blocks=488397168
DeviceType=0x0, DeviceId=0x0

Debian Etch is now booting from this drive via yaboot/ybin. Debian / is /dev/hdd3 and,
obviously /dev/hdd4 is the swap space. I would like to put YDL6 on /dev/hdd5 and use
/dev/hdd4 as swap. It's my understanding that I should be able to add the /dev/hdd5
partition to boot in the yaboot configuration. I know I have to modify fstab to get it
to use /dev/hdd4 as swap, but that is easily done. I've done this in another drive that
I have, but those two disro's are Debian and Ubuntu and are very similar in structure.
My problem seems to be with YDL6, openSuse, etc that use some kind of hocus pocus and
the MBR to boot. I really like both Debian and Ubuntu a lot, but I want to give YDL6
a chance, but I don't want to dedicate an entire drive on it for that purpose. The
last time I put YDL6 on an entire drive, I used it for about four hours, got ticked
off and blasted the drive into bit bucket heaven and threw my install disk in the dust
bin. This is not fair, but sharing a disk is acceptable as a compromise.

BTW, I have tried to install YDL6 in that empty space using the Anaconda installer and
the results almost resulted in the bit bucket/dust bin action again, so let's not go
there. :-)


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