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Old 05-24-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Stability & partition issues

Hello, folks recently managed to install Slackware 12 successfully having learned a lot in the process. However, yesterday after rebooting the system I got

Kernel panic, something to the effect that init could not be found and that i might have a bad block and i might need to build the tree..
It just hung there. I didn't even get a console prompt.

The only thing that had done to change system configuration was chmod /dev/hdc as my cd rom was not working when logged in user mode and fine when logged as root.

So in short, i was disappointed at the apparent instability.

I have rebuilt the system and about to configure X. Before I go any further with the configuration I want opinions with regards partitions.
In the previous install I had


I made / bootable and installed lilo mbr on root. In the latest install I created


I added lilo header to /boot and ending in /. mbr in /boot
My file system is reiserfs.

Please let me know best option for stability. Shall i keep this or go back to the former. I know i am going to be told to back to external devices. But generally how do i make sure /home directory is safe in case you need to wipe other partitions to reinstall.
Old 05-24-2008, 06:42 PM   #2
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You need to mention your hard disk and controller specs. Your problem is due to some module not getting loaded or a bad block (unlikely). You may need to put in some option to the 'kernel line' during boot like --all-generic-ide.

The order in which you keep partitions does not matter. You don't need a separate /boot partition. Use grub and install it to the 1st primary partition.


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Originally Posted by siawash View Post
But generally how do i make sure /home directory is safe in case you need to wipe other partitions to reinstall.
Back /home up to another device. Since you have a CD I suggest that you back up to CD once a week and make a special backup just before you do something like rearrange partitions.

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