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Old 03-26-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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Two distros on same HD: can they see each other?

I had initially Suse 9.0 and Win 2K on my old Gateway 5400, with two HD, as this:

/dev/hda1 /windows/C
/dev/hda3 /
/dev/hdb1 /opt
/dev/hdb3 /usr

Then I resized the Windows partition to make space for Ubuntu, which I installed successfully. I used the same Swap partition , but everything else I created on the new partition (hda4)

On Suse, df gives this:

/dev/hda3 17992244 17696348 295896 99% /
/dev/hdb1 4626540 934836 3691704 21% /opt
/dev/hdb3 5389632 1653352 3736280 31% /usr
/dev/hda1 8751072 6162112 2588960 71% /windows/C

However, it does not list the Ubuntu partition, which is:

/dev/hda4 19000000 /

Obviously, it does not mount it.

Is there any way I can "see" and/or edit my files on the Ubuntu partition from SUSE or viceversa?

Should I reinstall it differently?

Your hints will be appreciated.
Old 03-26-2005, 07:15 PM   #2
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does the /etc/fstab in the SuSE install have an entry for the Ubuntu? I'd imagine that the Ubuntu /fstab, might have a SuSE entry as it should have detected it when the Ubuntu was installing.

Oh and yes it's perfectly feasible to have read/write access, you'd have to make sure about permissions though.

Last time I had multiple Linux installs, the only downside of it was that because I used the same /boot, /swap and /home, if I'd created any shortcuts etc, in one distro, I had to make sure that I had the corresponding packages available in the other. Which was a pain because I'd remembered to do that with images, icons etc, but not always the software itself. Plus, as I had debian and mandrake it could sometimes be a nuisance, debian has so many more packages available than mandrake!

In the end, I just said bollocks to all that, and settled on gentoo. Much more satisfactory.


Old 03-26-2005, 07:16 PM   #3
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do this:

mkdir /mnt/ubuntu
mount /dev/hda4 /mnt/ubunto
You're files will be in /mnt/ubunto.

It would be better to place this in your fstab file like so:
/dev/hda4    /mnt/ubunto   auto   defaults    0  0
That way it will mount at boot time automatically.
You can change "auto" to ext3 or reierfs, or whatever filesystem you use.
Old 03-26-2005, 07:40 PM   #4
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I just tried and it works great!!

Thank you, bigjohn and visaris.

You guys ROCK!!!


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