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Old 04-29-2004, 06:43 AM   #1
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Some Advice on partitioning for Slackware.

I am planning to install Slackware 9.1. I already have Windows XP and Mandrake 10. The idea is to install it on a 10Gb partition. So, what I need are some advices on how to partition.

1) How do you recommend me to prepare that partition in order to install Slackware? I mean using partition magic, for instance.

2)Do I have to create subpartitions for /home, etc? Please, if someone with experience installing Slackware could help me, I will be very grateful. A detailed explanation is what I need.

How do I add Slackware to my already installed Lilo? What I want is to be able to choose -at boot up- among Windows XP; Mandrake and Slackware.

Well, thanks in advance.
Old 04-29-2004, 07:33 AM   #2
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when i installed slackware before my red hat (this is my previous distro) i just have a 9 gig linux native and the remaining as swap.

I used fdisk to partition it and i read the help file before anything else
Old 04-29-2004, 07:40 AM   #3
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since mandrake is already installed, using diskdrake to create the partitions would probably be the most user friendly method. as far as partitioning schemes go, you could see 1000's but here is a general guide

good luck.
Old 04-29-2004, 07:55 AM   #4
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If your mandrake installation is already using a swap partition then the slack install will detect it and ask you if you want to use that. Then just use your 10Gb partition and the installer will ask you where to mount / so just use that partition.
Old 04-29-2004, 10:23 AM   #5
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Some more help.

Thanks for the help!

I have the following doubts.

a) Can I share the swap with Mandrake (wich is already installed in my computer)? If so, is that recommended?

b) What do you think about this partition scheme in a 12Gb partition (I would use Partition Magic to create this scheme):

Root -> 2Gb (ext3?)
USR -> 6GB (ext3?)
OPT -> 3,5GB (ext3?)
Swap -> 500Mb

Is it ok choosing ext3 as the type of partition in Root, USR and OPT?

How do I add Slackware to my existing LILO?

Please, any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks again. :-)

Last edited by glore; 04-29-2004 at 10:25 AM.
Old 04-29-2004, 02:57 PM   #6
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a) Yes, share the swap.

b) Ask 5 people you'll get 6 answers Personally I have a shared swap, boot on hda and just use / for my slackware, I haven't bothered splitting it down. Really I just followed what was written in the Gentoo instructions when I installed that a while back.

On my pc I have on /dev/hda

/boot 32Mb ext2
/swap 512Mb
/ linux 30 odd Mb

And I did have Gentoo on hdb sharing the swap on hda until I toasted it

c) Dunno, but I'd like to know as well .


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