Jordan Metzmeier wrote: > On 06/29/2010 04:48 PM, Merciadri Luca wrote: > > I'm not sure to understand fully your answer. I know that `guided > > partitioning' is what's adviced for a new user, because it's easy to > > configurate, but I'm here speaking about users who're not beginners, > > but who want to understand the distinction the Debian installer makes > > between the `/' as it is normally in Linux filesystems, and the `/' in > > the installation process, which is actually everything except what was > > asked to be put on other partitions. > > > I don't understand where the difference is. The installer treats it the > same as a Linux system would. / would contain all files and directories > that are not located inside of another mounted partition. I don't see a > distinction to make? When you are selecting mountpoints, you can just > think of that as a TUI for fstab configuration. > > What would you suggest to present the user differently? I don't think about necessarily changing the installation, but indicating the convention would, at least to me, be interesting. It is not direct to think this way. When I'm using a Linux system, I think as you said, but, in an installation, the reasoning is different: what is being selected for a partition is, normally, what will be installed on the partition. Or if I select `/' to be installed, say at hda1, `/' won't be totally installed at hda1, as / is normally containing everything, and that I could have chosen to put e.g. /var/in hdb2. Another problem is the fact that one can choose to install same things at two partitions. For example, I could choose to install /var/ at hda1, and at hdb1. Is it normal? What would be the effect? A last problem (still for me) is that the `Bootable flag' thing is not clear: you can choose to put the bootable flag on, say, /tmp/ (if you choose to put /tmp/ on a seperate partition), where I don't think that it could have any interest (except making things messy). Don't hesitate to comment this. -- Merciadri Luca See http://www.student.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~merciadri/ I use PGP. If there is an incompatibility problem with your mail client, please contact me. It is better to die on one's feet than live on one's knees.
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