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Old 07-19-2004, 02:08 PM   #1
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Need help with installing RH on system with Fedora (multi distrubition install

I'm install Redhat Enterprise on a system with Fedora installed already. I read a guide ( but it glosses over the partitioning setup. Currently the system has the following for Fedora:

100MB /boot
2GB swap
10GB /
130GB free

I want to install RH on 10GB of that free space. During the install, I choose keep linux partitions so I could still boot from Fedora. I let the RH install automatically partition the drive and install on free space, however it gives me a message saying the /boot partition may not meet booting constaints for my architecture and creation of a boot floppy is advised. It is also gives me a message saying my swap partition from Fedora will be formatted and all the data on it destroyed.

How would I manually partition for this installation? Do I still need to give RH it's own swap and /boot or can it share the own created by Fedora? Thanks for any help.
Old 07-19-2004, 02:18 PM   #2
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DOn't worry about the formatting of swap. There's nothing on it anyway (nothing useful, that is) and your system continually wipes it itself.

Swap is the only partition you can share between systems without any problems. You might be able to share boot, but that's a little more complicated.

The problem the system detects with /boot is most likely related to it being past the 1024 cylinder boudary. I'm not sure if grub can access /boot partition that far on the disk, but there must be a boot loader that can (there's one on sourceforge called gag, but I haven't been able to configure it correctly).


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