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Re: partitions and lilo


In response to a large number of replies, I'll send this via the deb-user
list instead.

Below are links to great reading and WHY I wasn't able to do what
I originally tried. I did install 5 OS's tho, and left room for 2 more.

I did run into the 1024 cylinder problem - anoying to say the least. So
during instals, I used fdisk (from red hat 6.2) and made the following:

hda1 - fat32 (fdisk type c) win98se installed             1500mb
hda5 - "the EXTENDED partition" = boot for hda12    40mb
hda6 - boot for hda13                                                    40mb
hda7 - boot for hda14                                                    40mb
hda8 - boot for hda15                                                    40mb
hda9 - boot for hda16                                                    40mb
hda10 - boot for hda17                                                  40mb
hda11 - swap file for all my linux installs                      64mb
hda12 - root for first linux ext2                                  2048mb
hda13 - root for second linux ext2                            2048mb
hda14 - root for third linux ext2                                 2048mb
hda15 - root for forth linux ext2                                 2048mb

On my forth and last linux install, I asked for lilo to be installed onto the
mbr. This was fully sucessful, and all I had to do was edit that lilo.conf and
add the other 3 linux images. All boot wonderfully, as well as win98se. So I
have my five OS's all booting via the mbr and all boot sectors are before
1024 on this 20GB hard drive. I still have room for 2 more OS's (hda9 & hda10).

I'm not sure if I could of done this more effectively. Perhaps used a common
BOOT partition for all my distro's. But this does work and will allow for 
tweaking each as class progresses. Now if only X was as easy to configure!


Thanks to all for the help, best regards

On Tue, 03 Oct 2000, you wrote:

Try reading the partition mini-HOWTO at  

or the large disk HOWTO at


> Jaye Inabnit ke6sls wrote:
> > 
> >     Hello,
> > 
> > Am doing project here loading up many versions of linux. I wish to
> > use my 20gb hd. All was going well until I reached the 4 primary partition
> > mark - and fdisk said no in no uncertain terms and complained that I
> > should wack a partition and build an extended partion.
> > 
> > I won't bore the list with details, but I have no good "howtos" on my deb
> > box - does anyone know where I can find a good resource on partitioning
> > drives for say 5 or more OS's? Would like to keep working away on this
> > as it has been a great learning experience.
> > 
> > tia - regards
> > 
> > Please - reply to: ke6sls@arrl.net
> > 
> > tatah
> > 

Jaye Inabnit, ARS ke6sls     e-mail: ke6sls@arrl.net
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