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Old 01-03-2018, 02:19 AM   #1
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Red face How can I identify different Linux OS on disk (Hard drive) view?


[Solved]I have four OS on my hard drive; Linux Mint 17.3, Mageia 6, Bodhi 32bit Legacy, and Bohdi 32bit App version. As they were all installed at various times the partitioning is a bit ragged going from SDA1-SDA9. I wish to rearrange some of the partitions and perhaps get rid of the Bodhi Legacy version. Is there any way I can identify which version takes up which partition? Is the ./ symbol the key? I.e. when I view the drive in Mageia terminal is ./ on different sda from say Mint? Sorry to be so long winded but they are all parts of the same question and I also realise that reinstalling the os's I wish may be the only answer. Thanks for all help/suggestions

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Old 01-03-2018, 07:56 AM   #2
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I have four OS on my hard drive; Linux Mint 17.3, Mageia 6, Bodhi 32bit Legacy, and Bohdi 32bit App version. As they were all installed at various times the partitioning is a bit ragged going from SDA1-SDA9. I wish to rearrange some of the partitions and perhaps get rid of the Bodhi Legacy version. Is there any way I can identify which version takes up which partition? Is the ./ symbol the key? I.e. when I view the drive in Mageia terminal is ./ on different sda from say Mint? Sorry to be so long winded but they are all parts of the same question and I also realise that reinstalling the os's I wish may be the only answer. Thanks for all help/suggestions
In order to keep your partitions well-organised, you can label the filesystems on the partitions (I do this, for example, for the various partitions I have) or, for GPT partitions, label the partitions themselves. These labels will show up in e.g. gParted.

To see which partitions are being used by a specific distro, boot into that distro and then run lsblk.
 
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Thank you, will try that
 
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From a terminal run "lsb_release -a". Should work on all modern systems.
 
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If the loader is current it may provide clues. The configuration file(s) can sometimes point out what kernel or other unique names may be there.
 
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I know /etc/issue works on Debian and debian-like systems.
 
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Thank you, will try that
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