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Old 04-02-2002, 04:00 AM   #1
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In The Install Guide For Gentoo it says create partitions using fdisk : Heres The Exact Reference :

"At this point, create your partitions using fdisk. Note that your partitions should be of type 0x82 if swap and 0x83 for regular filesystems (whether XFS, ReiserFS or ext2). " what does the 0x82 and 0x83 mean?

why would i need to use fdisk for linux partitions , as its only capable of win32 partitions?

it also says this:

# mkswap /dev/hda2
# mke2fs /dev/hda1
# mkfs.xfs /dev/hda3

what is hda1,2,3 referring to? how do i go about setting up my partitions?

if any1 can help me soon id be obliged
Old 04-02-2002, 05:17 AM   #2
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Your documentation is referring to the linux version of fdisk which you run after you boot your gentoo installation cd here is an example taken from one of my hard drives:

Disk /dev/hda: 240 heads, 63 sectors, 1323 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 610 4611568+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 611 1287 5118120 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 1288 1323 272160 82 Linux swap

See type 82 is Linux swap and 83 is Linux partitions respectively, which while in fdisk you will set the type, /dev/hda refers to my first hard drive if you have a removable it is usually referrred as /dev/sda. I hope this isn't confusing you more, good choice on gentoo I also am going to give it a go tonight


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