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Re: tlug: "boot partition too big" while installing RH6.1j

One other thing you might want to try if you have Partition Magic (Partd
also does things like this, but I've never tried it and don't know how
reliable it is; for moving partitions, reliability is of course pretty
important :-)  is to move the Windows partition after the Linux
partition, which can let you get your boot partition in the first 1024

On Wed, 1 Mar 2000, Tapio Peltonen wrote:

> And, by the way, about setting up partitions: I personally am not in favor
> of using extended & logical partitions unless more than four partitions
> per disk is really needed. 

More than four paritions are always needed, IMO.  If you want to be able
to upgrade smoothly, you should at least have the following on separate
file systems:


It can be helpful to have /var/spool in a separate file system, too.  If
you don't, and anybody has mail left in the spool (worst of all, you :-)
it will be lost during an upgrade.  That accounts for three partitions,
then let's bring in swap, which will have one or more partitions.  Now
we're at at least four.  On my system, /var/log. /usr and /var (minus
spool and log) are separate file systems, too.  This level of
compartmentalization not only makes upgrading a snap, it protects you in
case anything happens that can fill up /var/log or /var/spool; that file
system can be filled, but it can't fill your whole disk and bring your
system down. 

I don't find logical partitions really any more trouble to set up; after
all, it just adds one more step to the creation process.   They're easy.
Just be sure to use Linux fdisk; if you use DOS fdisk, all bets are off


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