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Old 11-18-2002, 08:53 PM   #1
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Two Configuration Questions

I just finished my first install of Slackware 8.1. This is the first time I manually partitioned the harddrive so I want to find out if I did this correctly. Using fdisk I made hda1 hda2 hda3 partitions. Hda1 is designated as a linux partition (83) and it is +32 megabytes ( That was a recommendation I got off a howto.). Hda2 is my swap space and it's linux swap partition(82). I read somewhere that you should make it twice your ram size. Is this true? I have 384mb of ram, so I made it double. Finally I made hda3 a linux partition(83) and made that the remaining size of my hard drive. I followed the installation instructions that someone posted and that went well except for two things: I set up lilo to mount the boot partition, but when I boot this up I just get a grub prompt. But if I use the boot disk I created, and use the parameter: root=/dev/hda3 then it boots up fine. Should I just boot from a floppy disk, and scrap my first partition?

I haven't configured X yet, but everything else is working great from the terminal. Thanks for your help.
Old 11-19-2002, 02:12 AM   #2
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Its only recommended that you have twice the size of swap memory, you can have more but try to make it in exact multiple of it..
if you want lilo for booting then on command prompt type lilo after editing the lilo.conf file

Old 11-19-2002, 04:55 AM   #3
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I don't understand why you made 3 partitions, if you are just starting out all you need is 2 partitions.
hda1 - swap - twice the ram
- make this partition at the start of the drive because those sectors can be read / write the fastest.

Then you can make the remaining space hda2, are you get more familur you may want to create a 3 partition hda3 which is about 1GB and then place you home dir on that partition allowing you to reinstall as many times as you wish for testing or try other distributions.


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