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Old 08-03-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Attempt to install Slackware on 9GB drive fails

Hi all,
I have an old laptop - Compaq Armada E500 with only a 9GB hard drive. I thought that i would use it simply as a 'development machine' (as I learn and experiment with C++).

During the install I have tried various scheme of partitioning the hard drive eg - putting everything under 1 partition to dividing up /usr/local and /home.

I have even tried selecting only some packages. But the biggest seems to be the libraries. The script recommends you install all due to dependencies. I have tried selecting some and all!

The install says that a full installation requires around 6.5GB of space. However, when I install, I arrive at a stage where the installation says "no space left on device".

I need xwindows as I am ultimately planning on installing codeblocks and sfml with g++ compiler.

I sure could use some help in the way of suggestions about partitioning this drive to fit all the software onto it.

Old 08-03-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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Download Parted Magic here:

and use the included gparted application to check out your partitions on that hard drive. I'm guessing there is a hidden diagnostic or recovery partition on the hard drive, as most Compaq's come with one. Whatever you find, try deleting all partitions and then repartition with one large ext4 partition which will hold your Slack install and one small swap partition. When you do the installation, use these existing partitions designating your large ext4 partition as being mounted on "/".

9GB should be more than enough for a standard Slackware install. If there isn't a hidden recovery partition on there, you may not be using the partitioning utilities available in the Slackware installation routine correctly - they can be pretty confusing if you're not used to them. By setting up your partitioning scheme in advance using Parted Magic/gparted, things go easier and you can be sure you have your partitions right.
Old 08-03-2012, 10:04 AM   #3
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Try not to install anything under kde and kdei.
Buy a larger hard disk.
Old 08-03-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
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A 9GiB hard drive is big enough for Slackware. There is no point in partitioning the drive beyond / and swap. Leave out the T disk set (TeX) and optionally KDE (Use XFCE instead), but even with KDE / should be no bigger that 6~7GiB. If swap is 1GiB you will still have some space left, but not much. After you get Slackware up and running you can use pkgtool to remove packages that you are sure you don't need. You could also use the menu option during install to be more selective with what gets installed from each disk set. XAP would be a good candidate for trimming. You will need to monitor disk space with the df command to make sure / doesn't fill up above 90~95%.

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Old 08-03-2012, 02:48 PM   #5
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I think kilgoretrout has hit the mark. My older Thinkpad came with a 10GB HDD but there was only about 6GB of it available. The remainder was a restore partition and a hibernation partition. In the case of Compaq they were always good at hiding part of their BIOS on the HDD as well so it's worth having a loook at just what you have installed on the "missing" space.
Old 08-04-2012, 01:29 AM   #6
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Ditto. See where the "lost" space is. I pealed off a 10GB partition on my work laptop with 4GB ram (I'll stay in WinXP only when required for work!) and loaded slackware64-current, skipping kdei, emacs, faqs/how-tos, and a few X drivers.

df -h
Filesystem         Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda4          9.8G  7.2G  2.1G  78% /
/dev/sda2           50G   42G  8.5G  84% /winxp
tmpfs              2.0G     0  2.0G   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda5           88G   83G  5.0G  95% /windata


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