Right now, I have Mandrake 10 comm. and Windows XP installed and the output of df looks like this
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part6 4,0G 1,9G 1,9G 51% / /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 5,4G 4,5G 877M 84% /mnt/windows
I will format the windows partition and I want to install arch instead.
And my question is:
1. How should I create the partitions for arch with the current configuration(keep in mind that I want to keep Mandrake and Windows partition will be formatted).
do you have a swap partition anywhere?
Yes I have a Swap partition mounted(size=212mb) before the main Mandrake partition mounted as /.
So, generally it looks like this:
There shouln't be any problem using the arch installer and installing arch onto /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1. You don't have to make any swap-partition since you got one
You should the let arch install a bootloader (I recommend grub) onto the mbr of the harddisk. You have to tweak grub to boot mandrake, but that shouldn't be the problem.
Since you are using Mandrake already, you should be having a bootloader already installed onto the boot sector. If this is the case you might want to skip the installation of a bootloader altogether. You can use the old bootloader without problems. This is what I have done with my RH8+WinXP+Arch install. I've left the grub from my RH8 installation as it is.
Yes i have lilo installed in my MBR. So what do i have to add to lilo.conf to load arch after installation??
Here's my current lilo.conf output:
# File generated by DrakX/drakboot # WARNING: do not forget to run lilo after modifying this file boot=/dev/hda map=/boot/map default="linux-nonfb" keytable=/boot/pl.klt prompt nowarn timeout=30 message=/boot/message menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw image=/boot/vmlinuz label="linux" root=/dev/hda6 initrd=/boot/initrd.img append="devfs=mount acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent" vga=788 read-only image=/boot/vmlinuz label="linux-nonfb" root=/dev/hda6 initrd=/boot/initrd.img append="devfs=mount acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda5" read-only image=/boot/vmlinuz label="failsafe" root=/dev/hda6 initrd=/boot/initrd.img append="failsafe acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda5 devfs=nomount" read-only other=/dev/hda1 label="windows" table=/dev/hda other=/dev/fd0 label="floppy" unsafe
Ok. I see that there is an example of a proper lilo.conf entry for arch at the Bootloader install step, so the above question isn't that important.
Anyhow, when I look at the cfs output I see that the windows partition is set as:
-with a flag=BOOT
When I delete this partition and choose to create a new one from the available space cfs asks whether it should be PRIMARY or LOGICAL partition. To tell you the truth I don't know what should it be. Should I also set the flag to BOOT on my first arch partition or what. If someone could clarify these things I'd be very grateful.
google for more information; with the given infos the windows partition was primary and you could also install arch into a primary partition. Leave the flag untouched.
Logical partitions are a trick invented to circumvent the max 4 primary partitions problem. I'm not sure if they can be only the last partition or not, but that's what I always thought.