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Old 06-04-2007, 11:57 AM   #1
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mandrake 10 & unbuntu

Iam new to the Tux master, but will learn all I can. I installed mandrake 10 from 4 cds, and have read thru just about all the listings as directed by moderator. Question, what is LVM and where do I get it. I tried rysnc but was given a link.Wait got the LVM documentation, but here's a requirement: To build LVM from the CVS sources, you must have several GNU tools:

the CVS client version 1.9 or better
GCC 2.95.2
GNU make 3.79
autoconf, version 2.13 or better
As being a noob, where would I find this information? Also I would like to install ubuntu 7, which I got a cd paid for,and have a dual boot - but must try and figure out all posts, should I just read the manuel?
Old 06-04-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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LVM is not a requirement - it's just convenient when you want to use as few partitions as possible. It is also helpful when you don't know how large your partitions should be made as it allows easy resizing at any time (providing you left some empty space inside the LVM). Or if you want a single partition to span more than one disk.

The best way to use LVM for a beginner is to get a different distribution to begin with: Fedora and CentOS allow you to set up LVM during install; you just have to click a few buttons - certainly a lot easier than building packages and preparing partitions before you can actually do the install. As for Ubuntu, if you put it all inside a single partition (/ partition) and you also use a swap partition, you are using only two partitions in all - you can hardly do better with LVM so why bother? I have been using Linux for a year now and the first time I ever used LVM was only a few weeks ago - and then only as an experiment, not because I needed to.


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