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Re: Problems with partitioning

On Saturday, January 15, 2005 4:30 PM, david howe <david@qednet.biz>

>there are many ways to do this, I suggest you read the ppc install
>for starters.

I have printed a PDF version of the install manual.
Chapter 6 indicates little of the steps to complete the partitioning
within mac-fdisk. I searched thru the doc in the cd and found a quite
relevant text on the partitioning editor. Still I am facing glitches
filing in the right expression after each prompt.
>from my experience with mac linux installs I find that setting up the 
>hard disk with the mac HD tool is a good way to go, depending on how 
>much space the MacOS deserves, you will need a minimum of 3 partitions 
>(if you use bootx) or 4 if you intend to use yaboot. I think you can 
>safely ignore the yaboot partition and let the installer do that part 
>but my memory is sketchy :)

>When u use the mac hd setup tool, select custom partitioning and create 
>2 unix partitions as well as the mac partition. Create the unix 
>partition at first then a swap then a mac HFS partition. If you like
>can name the first unix partition "/" (without the quotes) and the 2nd 
>one "swap". the mac name is irrelevant.

I took from your pointers and repartition my HD using the mac disk
utility. Giving 3 partitions namely roots, swap and mac os, in sequence.
With roots and swap in UFS type.
>all of this will help to create a more sensible partitioning when you 
>get to the linux partition editor.

* When booted with the cd, under partitioning, cmd c allows me to create
new partitions, then it prompts for First Block, according to doc. I am
to name the partition number (10p), then follows with the prompt on
Length (10p). It then asked for Name of partition: any name given will
be prompted by this: requested base and lenght is not within an
exisiting free partition.

I am beginning to wonder if the above * is at all necessary, if not, how
then can i go about setting a linux root partition and a swap partition.

I am lost, honestly.

Any pointers will be appreciated.


>hope that helps
>pharme wrote:
>>Good day to all,
>>I am an absolute novice (5 days old) in Linux, with some years of
>>experience with Mac OS. I am trying to install a Linux distro in an
>>unproductive G3 Powerbook (New World Macs)
>>Here's what i have done:.
>>Using Mac OS Disk Utility partition my 12 GB harddrive to 2
>>both approx 5.5gb (Mac OS extended)
>>Upon booting with debian cd set (cd 1 Debian 3.0 30r4 PPC-binary),
>>things went smoothly, only when i arrived at the partitioning (with
>>'mac-fdisk') part, I can't seemed to proceed further. Here's the
>>cmd c - create new LINUX partition
>>First Block: 10p              
>>(targeted to the partition number i have allocated for the
>>for Debian)
>>Length : 10p
>>(to indicate use of the entire partition)
>>and when it comes to 'Name of partition', whatever names i try to
>>single word or string with quotes, it just prompted:
>>"requested base and length is not within an existing free partition"
>>I must have missed something somewhere, can anyone help with my

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