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Re: Moving to reiserfs with kernel 2.4.3

On Thu, 7 Jun 2001 17:14:39 +0200
Alex Suzuki <asuzuki@bluewin.ch> wrote:

> I will use Partition Magic for this. It never failed me, and it is
> very easy to use. You can just pop in the 2 floppys and you have a
> fully-featured UI to shrink, move, convert, delete, create partitions.

Don't forget that Partition Magic will not be able to resize a Reiser
partition, AFAIK. Does anyone know how Reiser partitions can be resized? I
know there is something built into the filesystem but I've never worked
out how to use this feature.

> Does re-partitioning the drive not affect lilo? Will it still be
> able to find the kernel ie. boot?

Easiest thing to do, just to make sure, is get a copy of loadlin. Copy
your reiser-enabled kernel onto a DOS-bootable floppy, along with loadlin
and a simple on-line autoexec.bat file like this:

loadlin vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro

This floppy is then so easily alterable to boot any partition. Much easier
than a lilo floppy.

Once you have set up your new filesystem, you might like to look at Grub -
a replacement for lilo. What I love about Grub is that you can go into a
Grub command line at the point where you boot your computer, so you can
easily change the boot paramters, the kernel you wish to boot and so on.
There is an excellent IBM Grub tutorial available from:


Go down the page to find a section called 'On-line Tutorials'. I must add
that I didn't do the floppy disk part of the tutorial, I just played with
the hard drive parameters - secure in the knowledge that I had the
bootable floppy mentioned above. I did in fact make a mistake - for some
reason, Grub didn't like being pointed to a symlink of the kernel
/vmlinuz, but wanted to be pointed to /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.5. No idea why,
but it was easy to make the change at boot up so no harm was done anyway.

Grub works well with Reiserfs and doesn't need an ext2 boot partition (at
least it doesn't on my system).

Phillip Deackes
Using Progeny Debian Linux

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