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Re: [opensuse] boot partition too small
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 10:45:43 -0400
  • Message-id: <46A76217.1020809@xxxxxxxxxx>
Vince L wrote:
On Monday 23 July 2007 12:38, James Knott wrote:
Vince L wrote:
On Monday 23 July 2007 08:33, Matthew Stringer wrote:
Can't you just do away with the partition? Unmount it move everything to
the root filesystem but still under /boot, re-install grub & use Fdisk
to change the boot flag over. Linux has not needed /boot on a separate
partition for a long time now and using symlinks is messy.

Matthew
This assumes that / is on a primary partition. If not, it is no go.
Since when does / have to be on a primary partition?  I have one system
where it's on a LVM and another, RAID.


What you have written is true, but you are reading what I wrote totally out of context. It was suggested to the OP that he did away with his /boot partition and put it all on the / partition. Perhaps I have missed something, but he needs a primary somewhere
He does not need a primary to boot Linux. He could use one as an extended partition to hold all the logical partitions, so that his first partition is /dev/hda5.
For example, here's the lines for my fstab on my home system. There are no partitions in the range /dev/hda1 - hda4 listed. With Linux, primary partition numbers range from 1 - 4. Logical partitions start at 5. Please note, I have /boot on /dev/hda6, which is a logical partition and / is on my LVM array. This shows that "This assumes that / is on a primary partition. If not, it is no go." is false.

/dev/system/system / reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/hda6 /boot ext2 acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/hda5 /local ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/system/opt /opt reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/system/tmp /tmp reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/system/var /var reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/system/swap swap swap defaults 0 0

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