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Old 09-29-2003, 03:10 AM   #1
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About installing FBSD and partitioning.....

Well ,
I DL-ed the ISO of FreeBSD and burned a coaster with it.
Went ahead with the install , up to the point where the installation goes on about partitions and the like....
FBSD doesn't see my Linux-partitions?......

This is where I knocked off and decided to ask these little questions here:
Is it true , that FreeBSD doesn't recognise my (EXT3) partitions and if I install it , do I run the risk of having my existing partitiontable being overwritten?(Effectively ruining my Linux-installs)
Old 09-30-2003, 01:42 PM   #2
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How does the disk show up? Unpartitioned, or does it only show you the space which has not been partitioned yet? i.e. how much total free space is it showing, the entire size of your HDD(s), or just the amount of space you haven't partitioned yet?

You cannot install FreeBSD on a Linux partition but they should be able to coexist.
Old 09-30-2003, 01:45 PM   #3
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Of course you run the risk of having your existing partition table being overwritten if you choose to do so during the install
Old 10-01-2003, 06:02 PM   #4
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You may have ruined your partitions if you have used the entire disk for FreeBSD.
If your;s linux partions were in the extended DOS partition the BTX loader can't see the linux partitions and you must install a new bootloader such as grub or lilo.
To see ext3 or ext2 filesystems from FreeBSD you must recompile the kernel with
options ext2fs.
The ext3 filesystem it is not fully suported in FreeBSD as i know but you can read or write to a ext3 partition .The problem it is that the journal record it is not actualized.It treats the ext3 partition as an ext2.Don't fsck an ext3 partition from FreeBSD because the journal will be deleted.For that use the linux fsck.
Good Luck !


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