Re: Sharing partitions between distros
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_no_spam_here_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 00:01:39 GMT
Bit Twister wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 20:33:40 -0500, Edward Diener wrote:
>> What I was trying to get at was which user common directories I
>> can put in a shared ext2 partition which different distributions can
> Hey, window 3.1, win95, XP, NT,... have common directory names, would
> you want to make them common?
>> I am a developer, so that I want to keep a common set of user
>> source files for all distros so that when I choose to access those
>> source files I do not have to repeat the same files in different
>> distros and keep them in sync.
> As a developer you should know about different release levels for link
> libraries, kernel/os, user applications, ....
>> As far as booting multiple distros, while I know that Linux has a
>> tool to do this, called grub I believe,
> Or lilo, both are boot loaders.
>> I already have System Commander on my machine which is more than
> Then you better find out how to replace if if it gets wipped out
> when you fail to read and understand your linux install instructions
> or assume you know what you are doing on the 5'th, 6'th linux distro
I already do. Booting from a System Commander boot diskette allows System
Commander to take over again no matter who writes their record in the mbr.
Once System Commander takes over again it immediately figures out what other
OSs are installed and where, and presents the user with an appropriate
graphical menu to choose what to boot into.. Needless to say System
Commander allows any mix of Windows, Linux, and nearly any other
micro-computer OS on the same machine. I am sure the Linux multi-booters are
good but System Commander is exceptional from my experience.
>> I am just looking for information which will
>> enable me to install different distros so that I can share a common
>> partition which has my own developer sources and other files.
> Then create a partition called /mystuff
I get the idea.
>> I was under the impression that all major distros adhere to a common
>> Linux filesystem standard, with some extra particular directories of
>> their own.
> True but the contents can be different. Trust us, just use swap.
>> If auto-detection can not do it, it seems like I should be able to
>> change it once I am booted into a distro to point to a swap
>> partition on another drive.
> I usually identify the partitions during install, saves having to do
> the work later.
I agree but if the installation can not understand a common swap partition
on another drive, then I need to point to it after I am booted in. I am sure
there must be a way to do this as Linux is very flexible.
Thanks for your help.