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As a side note, what prompted you to determine this as an "urgent" request? partition setup certainly isn't something I'd consider urgent, maybe "I dropped my Slackware CD, I need urgent help on how to repent for such a sin" but not partition setup... ?
Originally posted by dARkHunTEr No boot partition for me then.
But be prepared for a bit of work, not much, but a bit of work when copying kernel's over to whichever /boot directory you will be using as the distro with the boot loader.
mount /dev/hdx /mnt/otherdistro
cp /mnt/otherdistro/boot/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz-otherdistro
Now everytime you have to compile a kernel for "other distro" you'll need to mount up the distro, copy the kernel from wherever you've compiled it and edit the boot loader conf accordingly. More importantly, you'll have to be in the distro that is going to be the main distro using the boot loader to run /sbin/lilo to save the changes to the MBR (that or chroot, either way...).
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I have 3 primary partitions and 3 logical (extended). Certain OSs require to be installed in a primary partition. Generally, you can make 3 primary partitions and as much logical partitions, or just 4 primary partitions. I believe it's very useful to have 3 primary partitions; you might need to install BSDs or other OSs which require a primary partition.
I don't use a /boot partition; I usually dedicate few Linux partitions (1 primary, 2 logical) and one swap partition for my partitions. For a bootloader I use grub. If I want to test/use a new Linux distro, I install it in one of my logical partitions. As for booting this new distro, I add entries in my grub. For instance, if I installed it in /dev/hda4 (logical), I add in grub:
title New Distro
kernel (hd0,3)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda4 <--(base entry)
Most distros place your installed kernel in the /boot directory and name it vmlinuz, so it's not hard to figure how to boot it using your current bootloader (grub, lilo).
My HD capacity is 60GB and is composed as such:
(P) /dev/hda1 OpenBSD
(P) /dev/hda2 FreeBSD
(P) /dev/hda3 Suse
(E) /dev/hda4 Linux
(E) /dev/hda5 Linux
(E) /dev/hda6 Swap
Disk Drive: /dev/hda
Size: 60040544256 bytes, 60.0 GB
Heads: 255 Sectors per Track: 63 Cylinders: 7299
Name Flags Part Type FS Type [Label] Size (MB)
hda1 Primary OpenBSD 15751.42
hda2 Primary FreeBSD 15751.42
hda3 Boot Primary Linux ReiserFS 15751.42
hda5 Logical Linux 5757.70
hda6 Logical Linux 5757.70
hda7 Logical Linux swap 1266.70
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