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Old 06-02-2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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General Installation Tips


Hi, I'm about to install Slackware 11.0 on my laptop. Currently, I have a 60Gb HD, 1Mb swap, and the rest is on a Linux partition.

I have heard it is a good idea to have a /, /home, and a swap partition. So, what would be a good size for each of those?

It would be very helpful if someone were to give me some of the common errors made during installation.

Also, I want my desktop running under Xfce. Can that be done during the installation or does it have to be changed afterwards?
 
Old 06-02-2007, 11:42 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by der_11
I have heard it is a good idea to have a /, /home, and a swap partition. So, what would be a good size for each of those?
/ = +/- 5 GB
/swap = 2x RAM upto 2GB
/home = remainder

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It would be very helpful if someone were to give me some of the common errors made during installation.
1. Partitioning
2. Partitioning
3. Not reading the manual beforehand

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Also, I want my desktop running under Xfce. Can that be done during the installation or does it have to be changed afterwards?
During.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 08:15 AM   #3
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Hi,

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Originally Posted by der_11
Hi, I'm about to install Slackware 11.0 on my laptop. Currently, I have a 60Gb HD, 1Mb swap, and the rest is on a Linux partition.
You should post the machine specifics.

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I have heard it is a good idea to have a /, /home, and a swap partition. So, what would be a good size for each of those?
The partition(s) scheme is a topic that has been covered quite a bit on LQ. You can search the forum. This can be a personal taste for everyone. If you are a distro bunny then you can setup /home so that the move is much simpler when you hop between installs/upgrades.

A sample for one of my systems;

Code:
amos:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 15.0 GB, 15000330240 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1823 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1           7       56196   83  Linux
/dev/hda2               8          70      506047+  82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3              71         195     1004062+  83  Linux
/dev/hda4             196        1823    13076910    5  Extended
/dev/hda5             196         694     4008186   83  Linux
/dev/hda6             695         819     1004031   83  Linux
/dev/hda7             820         944     1004031   83  Linux
/dev/hda8             945        1194     2008093+  83  Linux
/dev/hda9            1195        1568     3004123+  83  Linux
/dev/hda10           1569        1823     2048256   83  Linux

amos:~# cat /etc/fstab
/dev/hda2        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/hdb2        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/hda3        /                ext3        defaults         1   1
/dev/hda1        /boot            ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/hda5        /usr             ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/hda6        /var             ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/hda7        /tmp             ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/hda8        /home            ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/hda9        /arc1            ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/hda10       /arc2            ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0

   cfdisk 2.12p

                              Disk Drive: /dev/hda
                        Size: 15000330240 bytes, 15.0 GB
              Heads: 255   Sectors per Track: 63   Cylinders: 1823

    Name        Flags      Part Type  FS Type          [Label]        Size (MB)
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    hda1        Boot        Primary   Linux ext3       [boot]             57.58
    hda2                    Primary   Linux swap                         518.20
    hda3                    Primary   Linux ext3       [/]              1028.16
    hda5                    Logical   Linux ext3       [usr]            4104.42
    hda6                    Logical   Linux ext3       [var]            1028.16
    hda7                    Logical   Linux ext3       [tmp]            1028.16
    hda8                    Logical   Linux ext3       [home]           2056.32
    hda9                    Logical   Linux ext3       [arc1]           3076.26
    hda10                   Logical   Linux ext3       [arc2]           2097.45
This particular machine was built a few years ago and is a server for a small SOHO/LAN.

For a desktop you wouldn't need such a setup but it wouldn't harm you. Personal taste!

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It would be very helpful if someone were to give me some of the common errors made during installation.
Not to be smart but look at LQ for this forum, you will see a lot of the ups or downs for a installation. Most problems are due to the user not preparing for the install. Not reading the material or information relative to the area of concern. The post 'Slackware LQ Suggestions!' has several good guides listed. Choose one!

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Also, I want my desktop running under Xfce. Can that be done during the installation or does it have to be changed afterwards?
Yes, XFCE is a wise choice! Light and easy. I use XFCE on small machines and development systems. I like the feel.

BTW, Welcome to Slackware! Hope the install goes well but you will learn if it doesn't. You will gain more with Slackware than any other distro.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 02:24 PM   #4
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Common errors: Not reading enough documentation and then proceeding to do something stupid. I know that one from experience

Xfce is a good choice, my personal favorite next to fluxbox. You can change the window managers after installation if you want to with
Code:
xwmconfig
and selecting from there. Remember pkgtool, installpkg, and removepkg too, so that you can install and remove packages after you've installed.
 
  


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