Originally Posted by kajman
Yes, I understand that.
So what if I just want to get back to more "classical approach" to partitioning? I've been repeartitioning my drive for about 2 hours before installing Fedora, to have two separate drives... the thing I have is just something I didn't ask for! If I wanted it this way, I would have just used my 60gb old Ubuntu partition.
Another approach to get things the way you want is to:
Dowload the GParted Live CD from here:
Burn it to a CD
Boot the GParted Live CD.
You can then modify your partitions before installing Fedora, or any other OS.
The thing I like about GParted is it gives a consistent approach to creating or modifying disk partitions.
Different Linux distros use different partitioners.
By using GParted this eliminates such an inconsistency.
I lost a few partitions when trying to install Kbuntu, as I was not used to the partitioner that came with it.
Once you create your partitions with Gparted, and you install Fedora again, you can select the custom partition option in the installer program.
You will also need to choose which disk you want to use. My advice is to only select the partitions you want to format in the installation process. The others with data on such as home, can be mounted later from your /etc/fstab file.
Here is what my /etc/fstab file loks like from my laptop (it only has one drive):
LABEL=Fedora-10-root / ext3 defaults 1 1
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
LABEL=SWAP swap swap defaults 0 0
# added after finishing initial installation
#/dev/hda5 /usr/local ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=usr-local /usr/local ext3 defaults 1 2
#/dev/hda7 /downloads ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=downloads /downloads ext3 defaults 1 2
#/dev/hda11 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=home /home ext3 defaults 1 2
#/dev/hda8 /srv ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=srv /srv ext3 defaults 1 2
#/dev/hda9 /var/lib/databases ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=databases /var/lib/databases ext3 defaults 1 2
#/dev/hda10 /backup ext3 rw,noauto,noexec 0 0
LABEL=backup /backup ext3 rw,noauto,noexec 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto noauto,user,sync 0 0
# DVD-RW drive VOM-12E48X
/dev/sr0 /media/dvdrecorder iso9660 rw,user,noauto,unhide 0 0
BTW it's better to use LABEL=part-name for mounting partitions in fstab. If you create or destroy any partitions in your extended partition, the /dev/sdxx numbers will change. This means you will have to modify your fstab entries to match. Using LABEL=part-name avoids this, as the partition labels remain the same.
To find the label for an ext2/3 partition use:
To set the label for an ext2/3 partition use:
e2label /dev/sdaxx label-name
Another thing you might want to consider is having two / root partitions. That way when it's time to upgrade the OS, you can install the newer version on the alternate / root partition.
You can then use GRUB boot loader to switch between the older version of Fedora, if you have any problems installing the latest version. You will also have your old configuration fies available on the older root partition.
You can then mount the old root partition from the new root partition to copy an config files across.