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Re: partitioning (/sbin/dbootstrap) in Sid installation

From: Patrick Strasser
Subject: Re: partitioning (/sbin/dbootstrap) in Sid installation
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 23:01:26 +0200
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Dan Hitt schrieb:
I've tried partitioning the (virtual) disk in three ways, all of
which generate problems later in the install:

  I:  750M for Hurd  (63) partition, marked bootable, hda1
       87M for Swap  (82) partition,                  hda2

 II:  750M for Linux (83) partition, marked bootable, hda1
       87M for Swap  (82) partition,                  hda2

III:  650M for Hurd  (63) partition, marked bootable, hda1
      100M for Linux (83) partition,                  hda2
       87M for Swap  (82) partition,                  hda3

With #II, after setting up the partition, i go to item #5 on the
install menu, which is entitled ``Initialize a GNU/Linux Partition'', and
i get the message:

   You have chosen to initialize /dev/hda1 as a Linux Ext2 filesystem.
   This will permanently erase any data on this partition.  The root
   partition must contain a GNU/Hurd filesystem.  Extra partitions can
   only be mounted after the GNU system is running.  The extra
   partitions can be re-initialized.  Are you sure you want to do

So #II also appears wrong.


There is a partition type 63 reserved for a to-come Hurd filesystem, but it is not implemented yet. The Hurd runs with ext2 as root filesystem ATM, so take partition scheme I (or III), and make the Hurd partition type 83 (ext2). Just go ahead with your installation then. (Note for completeness: UFS can also be used as root filesystem, but is seldom done so)

Of course you have to initialize the partition first. Initializing a partition will erase all data in that space. So step #5 is all right.

If you want wo boot the Hurd and Linux, you should spend an extra partition with a few ten MByte for a Grub partition (type ext2).

Engineers motto: cheap, good, fast: choose any two
Patrick Strasser <pstrasser at sbox dot tugraz dot at>
Student of Telematik, Techn. University Graz, Austria

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