[conspire] Comments on setting up disk partitions.
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Apr 9 11:15:29 PDT 2009
Quoting Paul Zander (paulz at ieee.org):
> Once fdisk has been properly executed, the effective result is sda1,
> sda2, sda3, sda5, sda6,....
Also, just to reiterate, Linux tools to edit the partition table do not
also "format" (mkfs) those filesystems. The partitioning tools _only_
edit what's in the partitioning table. mkfs.* / mkswap is a separate step.
People coming from MS-Windows often expect the two things to happen at
the same time automatically, and they don't.
My own routine goes like this:
1. Boot a live CD (current choice = Sidux).
2. Run "/sbin/fdisk /dev/sda" to define /dev/sda filesystem
entries in the partition table. Repeat with other disks
3. Run "mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1", "mkswap /dev/sda2", etc. to
create the actual filesystems.
4. _Only then_ boot the desired Linux installation CD/DVD to
carry out installation.
Most people don't do that, and instead go directly into step #4, because
all distros have friendly routines to define and format filesystems and
specify their mountpoints, often from nice graphical front-end screens
with niceties like on-the-fly non-destructive partition resizers built
However, I just kinda like using /sbin/fdisk and being in full control.
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