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Old 12-18-2003, 05:58 PM   #1
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Redhat GUI Partition step


My first install was over ftp and in text mode only. It worked great which made me happy. Im doing this partcular install of RH9 from the ISO cds. When I did it in text mode I was allowed to do all my partitions as ext3. The gui version however limits me to ext2, physical volume (LVM), software RAID, swap, or vfat.

Ive been reading over this forum using the search feature and found some rather helpful links and suggestions. One that I found on another site was to use ext3 because it was based off of the more mature ext2 and journalized (which from my understanding makes it more sturdy against failure)

I also read about another called rieserfs (sp?) which seems good as well.


Im not sure what to do since neither of those show up as options to choose from. I dont want to procede any further till I find out whats the deal.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 06:56 PM   #2
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Hello..
I am n00b too so... don't be positive in what i say...

If you are attempting to install RHL9 from cd i graphical mode (as i did) i don't see why there wouldn't be ext3 option...

Disk druid is quite a nice program for making partitions...
But if that is the case then do it in text mode... fdisk is very powerful...

ext3 is improved ext2...
after the system crash with ext2 you should check your whole disk and journaling makes that go away to some extents... as the word says it keep journal of data so the checking disks goes allot faster... ext3 is more secure and faster...

I don't know what rieserfs is....

But you can make ext2 and after installation upgrade it to ext3...

I would go with text mode if ext3 is available there (as i understood) cause it is faster than upgrading it after installation...


Hope this helps...
 
Old 12-18-2003, 07:00 PM   #3
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An ext3 is just ext2 with journaling and you can convert an existing ext2 partition with out loosing data using tune2fs with the -j option.

I have never install RH 9 so I don't have any first hand experience but just go ahead and select ext2. Then if you want convert later. reiserfs is good but since it isn't an option for the install it will be a harder to convert after the fact.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 09:15 PM   #4
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Funny....I've never seen RH9 not offer ext3 as the default option....

Yeah. Go with 2, and immediately add the journal with tune2fs -j.

killer_bunny, Rieserfs is just another journaling file system.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 02:34 AM   #5
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Yea Ive tried a few different things in order to get it to let me. I really wish I could take a picture or screen shot to post as its rather odd that it would only give me those options and no other while in graphical mode, yet allow ext3 in text Disk Druid.

On a side note im still having a hard time figureing out this whole mount deal.

To clearify, I havent the slighest clue where the programs I will be installing on the computer actually go, making it much harder to size this drive and mount it correctly. Ive read over a few different pages that cover how to size various mount points like this one and this one etc. If I knew for sure the assumptions ive made after reading these pages were true id feel much better about clicking the next button

The gist of what Ive read ive made the following inferences:

/var shouldnt be on the same partition as / neither should /home
swap should be double the size of system ram
/usr needs to be sized fairly big since this is where all the packages im installing will go

Based on these assumptions and knowing that im using a 2.5 and 2.4gb I was hoping to get a critique on this arrangement:

/dev/hda1 /boot 51mb
/dev/hda2 / 299mb
/dev/hda3 swap 130mb
/dev/hda4 extended
/dev/hda5 files (to hold files to be served on an internal ftp) 1949mb
/dev/hda6 tmp 12mb


/dev/hdb1 /usr 1701mb
/dev/hdb2 /var 299mb
/dev/hdb3 /home 319mb


I realize that figuring out how to size this is a matter of trial an error but im hoping this might be a good start for a SSH/FTP server. I know ill definitely be doing coldfusion from this machine as well. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 04:00 AM   #6
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finally finished the install using the above configuration. I also went ahead and used the command to switch the file systems over. I believe the exact command I was punching in was tune2fs -j /dev/hdxx

I did it for each and every one of them that was showing up when I would type mount at the prompt. Doing a mount command shows the mounts as still being ext2 but doing the tune2fs command on them again comes back wi8th a filesystem already has a journal. Does this mean theyre actually ext3 now?
 
Old 12-19-2003, 08:15 PM   #7
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Yes there ext3. Oops, no harm done, you will need to change the /etc/fstab file filesystem type to ext3 for each partition.
 
  


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