mario.vukelic at dantian.org
Fri Oct 24 21:31:43 UTC 2008
On Fri, 2008-10-24 at 14:48 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/sda1 * 1 974 7823623+ 83 Linux
> /dev/sda2 975 1948 7823655 83 Linux
> /dev/sda3 1949 2192 1959930 82 Linux swap / Solaris
> /dev/sda4 2193 5598 27358695 5 Extended
> /dev/sda5 2193 4625 19543041 83 Linux
> /dev/sda6 4626 5598 7815591 83 Linux
On Fri, 2008-10-24 at 15:11 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
> /dev/sda6 on / type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)
> /dev/sda5 on /home type ext3 (rw)
> It does not tell me much.
I know. It does tell me a few things, though.
For one, it tells me that /dev/sda4, which is an extended partition
according to your fstab output, contains /dev/sda5 and /dev/sda6 as
logical partitions. This was maybe done by Ubuntu or by yourself at
installation time, because the PC spec allows only 4 partitions per
disk. You probably already had /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2, and /dev/sda3 is
swap. So, to create both / and /home partitions, an extended partition
had to be used as the 4th partition. Extended partitions can in turn
contain several logical partitions. It's just a braindeadness of the PC
It also tells me that /dev/sda6 and /dev/sda5 are mounted as /
and /home, respectively.
I don't believe that your OS changed these partitions (or any partitions
for that matter) all by itself. I cannot imagine why or how it would do
What do you use /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 for, anyway?
At this point I'd rather not go into whether there are ways to
"change[ing] something that lets [you] use the whole hard drive without
deleting sda5 and sda6"
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