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Old 07-22-2003, 12:20 PM   #1
Bruce Hill
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How to partition to add another distro

I have 2 hard drives in my box. RH9 is on hda and XP is on hdb. Grub is the bootloader. I am trying to add Gentoo to hda but don't know how to add another / then other partitions without deleting the RH parts.

My current partitions for hda are:

/dev/hda1 * 104391 Linux
/dev/hda2 57906292+ Linux
/dev/hda3 2040255 Linux Swap

Old 07-22-2003, 12:25 PM   #2
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Use Parted to shrink your RH partitions, and make new ones for gentoo.
Old 07-22-2003, 12:27 PM   #3
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In win XP I have Partition magic 8. So I'd use that to resize hda and add another linux partition. Then I assume you can choose the new one when you install Gentoo.

Being a linux Newb I don't know of any linux partitioning tools. There are bound to be a few.

When I get a bigger HD I plan on doing similar to you. I have Mandrake 9.1 but I'd like to try Red Hat 9 maybe..

There you go

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Old 07-22-2003, 01:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys.

I tried Parted but soon lost all hope of even finishing it's configure. I got to:
checking for uuid_generate in -luuid... no
configure: error: GNU Parted requires libuuid - a part of the e2fsprogs package (but
sometimes distributed separately in uuid-devel or similar)
This can probably be found on your distribution's CD or FTP site or at:
Note: if you are using precompiled packages you will also need the development
package as well (which may be called e2fsprogs-devel or something similar).

Ran that site down and then got to Bitkeeper. This was all too complicated, and I don't want to install so much stuff to install more stuff.

I guess I could try PM in the morning after some sleep. However, it looks like the best option to me might be to install Gentoo, letting it repartition hda and leave some free space, and then if I'm interested, install RH9 again. That only takes about 30 minutes. And I have all my data on it backed up to a CD-RW.


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