cant install linux onto a partition

By ragez0r ยท 6 replies
Jun 25, 2005
  1. k.. so.. i made a partition using partition magic for red hat linux.. i boot into it.. using the cd's... everythings fine.. then its the part where it asks me to partition stuff.. i chose manual (druid)
    i click on the partition i made for linux
    which is on C: /dev/hda ????

    it tells me
    "you have not defind a root partition (/) which is required for installation of red had linux etc.."

    help please ?

  2. KindledSpirit

    KindledSpirit TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Are you sure that its not asking for "/boot" boot partition

    when u install linux to my knowledge u need 3 partitions "/boot" "/" both of these in ext3 format and then a "swap" in swap funily enough
  3. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    nope.. im quoting exactly what i saw.. and please.. this partitioning crap is new to me.. and linux even newer.. i need simplicity here

  4. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Use PM to delete the Linux partition and use Auto rather than manual and it will offer to use unallocated space. It will then create the needed partitions.
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Actually, you only need one, "/". Swap partition is not mandatory, only recommended. If there are no other partitions like /boot, /home, /usr, they'll appear as subdirectories of /. (well, they do that even if they are separate partitions)
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You are supposed to choose the format for the partition and the mount point.
    Choose Ext3 and / as the mount point.
  7. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    thank you. ill give that a try
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