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Old 11-19-2003, 03:30 PM   #1
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how do i separate the partitions...?


well i just ventured from mandrake into slackware!

what a day!

easier than i expected it to be but....

i can see differences.

mandrake tends to be bit of a luxury liner from a user's perspective whereas slackware tends to be quicker to the point

well, there will be a number of 'how-to' questions coming this way so here's the first

i was a little dissappointed that the install failed to install on the dedicated partitions i had setup for /usr, /home and /var. in fact, it wanted them all on a single partition or the installer said 'no dice'

so i could guess how to do this, but are there are any recommendations

2nd

i can't seem to get system commander to detect my slackware partition as a bootable partition. the partitiion table has it marked as bootable but neither system commander nor lilo indicates that i can boot from that partition?

anyone come across that problem. i have windows xp, mandrake 9.1 and now slackware all sharing about 25 partitions on a 80 gig drive

thanks

- perry
 
Old 11-19-2003, 04:24 PM   #2
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When installing Slackware, you first partition using fdisk. If you have a partition you have specifically named "/usr" it should automatically put "/usr" there. What error was the installer giving you? I've never had a problem splitting things up...

Which partition did you mark as a bootable partition?

25 partitions? I'm not expert on that matter, but could that be your problem there? Can the bootloaders see that many partitions?

Just out of curiosity, why so many partitions with only three operating systems?
 
Old 11-20-2003, 03:40 AM   #3
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Originally posted by Sometimes
When installing Slackware, you first partition using fdisk. If you have a partition you have specifically named "/usr" it should automatically put "/usr" there. What error was the installer giving you? I've never had a problem splitting things up...

Which partition did you mark as a bootable partition?

25 partitions? I'm not expert on that matter, but could that be your problem there? Can the bootloaders see that many partitions?

Just out of curiosity, why so many partitions with only three operating systems?
thanks for getting back to me and i was starting to think about the same thing. maybe i need to make the root partition for slackware below the 8 gig boundry. and the rest above

as for 25+ partitions, well, i had windows xp on their. it needed 2 (strange compaq setup), then i placed mandrake 9.0 and in learning that ended up giving it about 7 partitions. then i needed a 3rd partition for windows, somewhere to put games. then mandrake 9.1 came along and i had to preserve the old paritions (yes the 9.0 can be reused now) and i gave 9.1 about 7 partitions. with slackware i tried to do the same thing however everthing is way up on the 80 gig drive.

so i'm a little torn. part of me wants to reinstall slackware after stripping out the old 9.0, the other part wants to migrate it instead. mandrake 9.1 has a great way to move partitions, i'm wondering what would be involved with doing it by hand.

also, i always mark the root partition as bootable. and the 21 partition right now is marked as bootable (and i do this by system commander itself) but system commander fails to recognize it. and when i try to do it with slackware's cfdisk, it reports that i really can't do that, i forget the message. something about the boot manager not being about to see it.

so you could be correct which is why i appreciate your input.

thanks again

- perry
 
  


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