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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:22 pm    Post subject: Partitioning Question Reply with quote

I've just received the PPC G4 Live CD's in the mail & before i install i was wondering if any one can help me out before i begin installation.Do you reckon i need to partition the HD before the install?If so,do i put the unallocated space before Mac OS 9 or after it so that i can then partition the remaining free space from the CD?Any help would be much appreciated...CHEERS for your patience!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DO NOT partition the HD from within sMACk OSX or whatever - use the Gentoo CD's !
Unless you mean "shrink my current MAC partitions", in which case YES - before installation.
Boot up the Gentoo CD, run "cfdisk" to partition the HD.
Follow the Guide!
Also, if you already have a MAC OS installed - what makes you think you can shove it around?
The Linux partitions will have to go where there's free space, yes?
If no free space - use parted, or a MAC program to resize partitions.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

If your OS9 system uses all space on your HD you'll have to reduce its partition, and i think the best way to proceed is to do it before starting installing. You have to know that you need a small partition (other than /dev/hda1) on your hd (you should create it before any system partition). This partition is called the bootstrap partition (created with command b from mac-fdisk) and needs 800Ko. So i would advice you to create your partitions before OS9 even though it is not mandatory, i think it is better than any other scheme.
To summarize i would say:
- From OS9 create partitions like those:
Linux (formatted with HFS) and OS9 (with any file system)
- When running Linux install
run mac-fdisk, remove (d command) Linux partition and create a bootstrap one (b command), then a /boot linux partition (c command) a swap and your linux root partition.

I hope it will help you,

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