[conspire] Setting Up Partitions for LFS
msrebnik at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 24 11:19:53 PDT 2008
Just installed Debian on my little Fujitsu U810 mini-convertible tabletPC...
Dual booting with Win XPT and Debian now...
Did the desktop install, so it's setup with Gnome....working OK overall...
However, the next step in my education is to try installing LFS....thought this would be a good way to get more aggravation and hopefully a better understanding of how linux distros work...
Want to start from Debian Etch that I just installed.
LFS book says to create a LFS partition to use for installation. So, in looking at my partitions I have some questions that I hope someone can please advise me on...
Here's partition info for my current drive that I see in terminal:
/dev/hda2 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
procbususb on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=620)
/dev/hda9 on /home type ext3 (rw)
/dev/hda8 on /tmp type ext3 (rw)
/dev/hda5 on /usr type ext3 (rw)
/dev/hda6 on /var type ext3 (rw)
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2 264443 104306 146482 42% /
tmpfs 513468 0 513468 0% /lib/init/rw
udev 10240 68 10172 1% /dev
tmpfs 513468 0 513468 0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda9 17884120 260700 16714948 2% /home
/dev/hda8 381138 10310 351150 3% /tmp
/dev/hda5 4806904 1719352 2843368 38% /usr
/dev/hda6 2885780 408516 2330676 15% /var
MarksU810:/home/archimark# fdisk /dev/hda
The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 12161.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
(e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/hda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 8513 68380641 b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 8514 8547 273105 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 8548 12161 29029455 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 8548 9155 4883728+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 9156 9520 2931831 83 Linux
/dev/hda7 9521 9850 2650693+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda8 9851 9899 393561 83 Linux
/dev/hda9 9900 12161 18169483+ 83 Linux
1) Don't remember creating hda3, the extended partition. Do I need this one?
Seems like a lot of space for it...
2) The numbering sequence for my existing partitions (ex: hda9 is for /home) seems a bit jumbled...does that matter?
If so, is there an easy way to renumber them to make more sense?
3) LFS instructions say to create a separate partition of about 5GB using ext2 filesystem.
Since I've already created my other partitions using ext3 filsystem, wondering whether the new LFS partition can use the swap partition I've already created?
Also, to create this partition, would the easiest way be to delete or resize the existing extended partition mentioned above in question 1 or ???
Hope this makes sense....
Thanks for any and all help!
Silicone Valley Linux & LFS Noob
Zaurus SL-C3200/Debian Etch (TitchyLinux)
Fujitsu U810/XPT/andLinux/Debian Etch/LFS (Hopefully Soon...)
Nokia N810 (Debian soon...)
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