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Old 01-28-2004, 09:06 AM   #1
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Using Mandrake home partition w/ Slack install

I feel like I should know this, but I don't.

I made the mistake of installing Mandrake 9.2, and miss Slackware too much. I plan to wipe Mandrake and reinstall Slack. I have a 6 gig root partition now, and 67 gig home partition. Can I not format the home partition and use it with Slack? If I can, do I need to manually edit fstab?

I am chomping at the bit to rid myself of rpms and a slow system, and get back to the beauty of Slack. I just hate to lose all of the media files i have downloaded.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Old 01-28-2004, 09:29 AM   #2
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Just don't format the partition during install and then add an entry to /etc/fstab to reflect it if you want it mounted automatically on boot, then mount it and you should be ready to roll.

You may also have to do

chown <user>.<user> -R /home/<user>

in order to set permissions correctly if the distros use different user numbers.
Old 01-28-2004, 10:46 AM   #3
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During your slack install, the setup program will ask you what you want to do with that partition. Here you can specify it's mount point (i.e. "/home"). It should go without a hitch. Just make sure the permissions on the home dirs are set properly
Old 01-28-2004, 10:02 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you. It worked perfectly. It feels good to be back on a Slackware system. I really appreciate the help.


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