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Old 11-29-2001, 03:54 PM   #1
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Question Creating boot partition during Slack install

I keep reading about making sure your boot partition is below the 1023 cylinder limit. I know how to do this using fdisk. However, I cannot figure out how to tell Slackware during the install to put the /boot files in this location. It seems as if I only tell the installer where to find the swap partition and the root partition. So basically I have a small 10 mb partion but the /boot directory always go on my root partition which is above the 1023 limit and thus LILO will not work. I got around the problem right now by just creating the entire root partition below 1023 but I was worried about how many packages I could install since it only translates to 500mb and change of space. How do I tell install to just place the /boot files on the small 10mb partition and the rest on my larger partition?

Old 11-29-2001, 04:18 PM   #2
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i don't suppose you could just mv the /boot dir to the partition you made for it. you may need to run lilo after doing so but things make work then (make sure you have a boot disk incase it don't work. though you probably have one from the sounds of it and the slackware cdrom can double up as a boot disk in an emergency anyway).

Old 11-29-2001, 08:55 PM   #3
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Originally posted by webtoe may need to run lilo after doing so but things make work then (make sure you have a boot disk incase it don't work.
You'll need to edit /etc/fstab as well.
Old 11-29-2001, 09:16 PM   #4
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I'm assuming you are installing Slack 8? Although you can have a seperate /boot partition if you want, you don't need it. The 1024 cylinder boundary is no longer a problem. That is why Slack 8 installs that way and puts the /boot in root. The physicalities of the drive are no problem. Just install and run. If you use a seperate /boot just edit lilo.conf and edit to run /boot/vmlinuz instead of /vmlinuz and make the proper change in the /etc/fstab to mount the hd(?) for /boot....
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Post Actually Slack 7

Actually I am using Slack 7 since it came with a book I bought. I have downloaded slack 8 but have not tried to create the cd for it yet because I am a rookie/wimp. I thought it would be nice to first use a preconfigured cd in order to cut out some parts that I might screw up. I just don't know where or how you specify to the install program that /boot should be in a certain location. All the articles that I have read say you need to do it but never talks about how to do it. I am missing something.

Thanks for your response.
Old 11-30-2001, 01:05 AM   #6
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This page should help you. Scroll down to the ' Target ' heading.


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