Novice query: Installation Help

AP worldwithoutfences at
Wed Oct 2 18:52:59 UTC 2013

On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:

So for instance in the scheme I propose, the numbering will be like this:
> 1: Linux root
> 2: Extended
> ┕ 5: Linux home
> ┕ 6: Linux swap
> (I am using the "┕" character to show that these are "inside" the
> extended partition.)

Well as a novice I am getting the idea. It means in the above example, we
have basically two primary partitions - 1. Linux root and 2. Extended (I
know this might be repetitive but my concepts could be revised!).

> The number goes on the end of the device name, e.g. /dev/sda
> So the partitions in the example above would be named as follows:
> /dev/sda1   /dev/sda2   /dev/sda5   /dev/sda6

Well, here /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda4 are reserved for the rest two primary
partitions not created (in the above examples).

If you started with that and added a 2nd distro, you would end up with:
> 1: Linux root #1
> 2: Extended
> ┕ 5: Linux home
> ┕ 7: Linux root #2
> ┕ 6: Linux swap

>From here starts the real doubt session (as a new user). When in the above
example, you have another linux of which the indication is 7 (Linux root
#2). Now if this space (in which this Linux root #2) has been created, came
from using GParted? Further if Linux root #2, were suppose Knoppix
(example), how you told the Knoppix installed to only get room inside the
Extended of Ubuntu, is there option available in that installation (asked
out of curiosity). Further when, Linux root #2 (means /dev/sda7) has been
created, its own home is the same as the Ubuntu's home (which has Linux
root #1) and Linux swap is common for both - Ubuntu (/dev/sda1) as well as
Knoppix (in our example). Is it like this or small change in understanding
is required?

> They are numbered in order of creation. That means if you add more
> later, they will be out of sequence.

This I understand clearly.

> This causes problems for Windows NT 3 and NT 4, but those are both nearly
> 20Y 10 years old now and I doubt you will be using them! No modern OS will
> be bothered by this
> arrangement.

This might be due the reason that olden days were not fed as much
technology as we are fed today, in fact that might have not been discovered
or whatever....

> So the partitions in the example above would be named as follows:
> /dev/sda1   /dev/sda2   /dev/sda5   /dev/sda6   /dev/sda7


> If you plan ahead from the start for a multi-OS system, then might you
> end up with something like this:
> 1: Windows (C:) -64GB NTFS
> 2: FreeBSD - 16GB
> 3: Solaris - 16GB
> 4: Extended
> ┕ 5: Linux #1 root - 16GB
> ┕ 6: Linux #2 root - 16 GB
> ┕ 7: Linux home 700GB
> ┕ 8: Windows data (D:) 200GB, FAT32
> ┕ 9: Windows swap (V:) 16GB
> ┕ 10: Linux swap 16GB

In this particular example (just above), you have created/used all the
primary partitions and while booting you would have to choose from all
these options? I guess one might need to change the settings too for
getting all the options from which linux to boot from --  and whether that
linux is inside the Extended partition or itself a separate primary
partition...? But installing so many linuxes is not confusing...? How you
do that all? Because each installer has all those options so that we can
decide its residence in the hard disk?

I know I have asked many questions, but these questions just came in mind
--- out of curiosity only! It is great to know that Linux provides so much
of the options!!

> That is not a fictional, made-up example - it is what I did the last
> time I installed this PC that I'm typing on. :-) (The sizes are a bit
> approximate. I was using a 1TB disk.)

That's great! I believe that hand outs experiments in any technology gives
maximum knowledge rather than reading theoretically and that's what really
the creativity is!

I know I would get less (in fact very less) time to have hands on linux,
but for whatever time, I would have, it would all be fun -- great fun!!

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