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Old 09-22-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 8.04 install problem


Trying to install Ubuntu 8.04 from the live CD into a seperate, dedicated partition that is NTFS formatted. Ubuntu gives a message indicating " no root file system defined. Correct this from the partition menu." I`m confused, would not the NTFS format be the root file system? What do I need to do, and where is the partition menu found?
 
Old 09-22-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
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No, linux needs a linux filesystem. There are several to choose from, but I just format my partitions as ext3
You'll also need a small swap partition of about 512MB. Swap is "formatted" as swap.
Use the back button of the installer. Choose the partition you want ubuntu on, format it as ext3 and off you go!
 
Old 09-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #3
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Better still use JFS

The MOUNT POINT for root is /
You will need to format this partition before install

swap partition should be ~ 2 times your RAM
(the filesystem on that is linux-swap .... no mount points for that)
 
Old 09-22-2008, 01:02 PM   #4
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Ubuntu 8.04 install problem

Partitioned 520Mb as swap area, then partitioned remaining free space as ext3, still same result. Do I need to do anything with the mount point selection box?
 
Old 09-22-2008, 01:11 PM   #5
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Got it working. used JFS and /. Thank you gentlemen!
 
Old 09-22-2008, 01:34 PM   #6
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Perhaps I should have said earlier that it is a good idea to have everything plugged in and turned on when you do the install. That way almost everything will be found and (mostly) auto-configured by the installer.

No matter, you can either re-install (quick but boring), or learn how to configure new peripherals (educational).

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Do I need to do anything with the mount point selection box?
You've realised that you do: You need to specify both the filesystem and the mount point.
Then the installer knows all it needs to know to prepare your partitions.

You've also learnt a couple of other useful linux things:
- If the OS is asking for something, it needs an answer. Linux doesn't "nag" without a good reason, like some other OSs do. Silence is golden. Error messages (may) need attention.
- If you don't know the answer, or understand the question, use a search engine to help answer the question for you.
- If that fails, try using common-sense.
- Or even reading the error messages, and searching for them on the web; someone else has probably had the same, or similar problem already answered.
- If all that fails, come back here to LQ

Good luck with your installation.

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