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Old 11-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 64 and Backtrack won't share a swap partition.


I'm triple booting Windows 7 32-bit (that's the only version I had), Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit, and Backtrack 4 R1.

Windows 7 installed and runs fine. Ubuntu installed and runs fine. I try to install Backtrack 4 R1, create a / partition, create a /boot partition (do I need to create a /boot for Backtrack?), and I don't create a swap file because the Ubuntu swap file is already in there.

I click "forward", the install starts up, then I get "The attempt to mount a file system with type swap...yadda yadda yadda...has failed." I google this, I get some results talking about an mkswap command, but in my noobness, I don't understand.

Can Ubuntu 64 bit and Backtrack not share a swap file? I don't want to create 2 swap files because I've googled around and that looks like a bad thing to do.

Help!

Thanks in advance,

Adam
 
Old 11-04-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Strictly speaking you can't share swap (concurrently) - however you should be able to use the same swap for 2 systems that are booted separately. A decent messages might help - "...yadda yadda yadda.." is useless.
If you have to create a new swap, do so - easy to sort out later. Certainly not a "bad thing" to do.
 
Old 11-05-2010, 10:43 AM   #3
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My apologies: "The attempt to mount a file system with type swap SCSI3 (0,0,0), partition #5 (sda) at none has failed."
 
Old 11-05-2010, 11:15 AM   #4
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After more reseach I'm thinking my two options are 1) create a seperate boot partition for Backtrack 2) Wipe ubuntu off my system, install backtrack, then install ubuntu.

I tried option 1) creating a seperate boot partition for backtrack. Backtrack still wants to format ubuntu boot partition so I get the "The attempt to mount a file system with type swap SCSI3 (0,0,0), partition #5 (sda) at none has failed." error again. I'm not running the operating systems at the same time so nothing should be using the ubuntu swap partition.

Does backtrack just need to be installed first?

Thanks again in advance,

Adam
 
Old 11-05-2010, 03:26 PM   #5
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Update!



I tried option 2 which was blowing all of the partitions out except for windows and letting back track create the partitions I needed including the swap partition.



1. I blew all of the partitions via gparted on a live Ubuntu CD.

2. Booted from a BackTrack 4 R1 disk

3. Ran through the installation process, set up my partitions, set up my swap partition

4. Start the install

5. Get this error: "The ext3 file system creation in partition #5 of SCSI3 (0,0,0) (sda) failed."



What am I doing wrong?
 
  


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