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I'm trying to install RedHat 9.0 server on a laptop (pentium +/- 266Mhz, 96ram, 3,8 gig HD)
the first time I took the automatic partition installion , went true the setup and when redhat is trying to copy the installation file the system hangs with the error: (it was in dutch so i give it a short english description)
An error occured while copying the installation file to your hard disk. Probably your harddisk is out of space.
Well that was the first try
Then I tried it with the automatic partition installation again, this time i changed the settings for "/boot" "/" and the swap partition.
"/boot" to 200 MB
"/" to 1500 MB and Fill to maximum allowable size
and swap to 1024MB and Fill to maximum allowavble size
again true the whole installation procces and again while copying the installation file the same error (run out of disck space)
Do you need Redhat 9.0? Can you use another distro?
I have sometimes found problems trying to install Linux on a desktop or laptop PC. In one case I tried 2 differenct distos, and the 3rd one finally worked.
By the way, your /boot partition (in most cases) should not be larger than about 100mb, and your SWAP partition should not be larger than about 256mb. A rule of thumb for the SWAP would be 1.5 - 2.0 times your physical RAM.
Also, these days a 3 or 4 GB hard drive is not exactly large (ie: I have a 40GB hard drive in my laptop). So, be careful when doing the install. If you select too many compenents for the install, you can easily run out of hard disk space. The Anaconda Installer in RH should tell you how large the install is.
In any event, try setting your partitions as follows (in order):
DEVICE MOUNT TYPE FORMAT SIZE Start END
/dev/hda1 /boot ext3 yes 102 1 51 (Fixed size)
/dev/hda2 / ext3 yes 3548 27 611 (Fill to maximum allowable size)
/dev/hda3 swap yes 256 924 992 (Fill all space up to (MB) 256
Free swap yes 4 993 993
I think you should let it do an AUTO partition, but anyway .....
As far as I can remember, the partition tool in Redhat lets you size partitions by first telling it what type, i.e. Swap, Ext2, Ext3, Reiser .... then where to mount the partition, and then the size. In size, I recall doing it like this:
+256MB (or whatever size you want).
I would prefer to make the partitions a FIXED size. That's why I would make the /Boot first (100MB), /Swap second (200MB), and then let the / partition be whatever is left over at the end.
The one you show above has a small 4mb leftover bit that shows up as another swap, but I don't see any reason why this scheme will not work.