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jabra
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:27 am    Post subject: Gentoo/old world Mac/partition hell Reply with quote

Hello.

I got the Gentoo Universal PPC CD to boot (after a TON of searching in these forums as the original docs don't seem to really work) on my old world 7500 with G3 card. I've had Mandrake 9.x on here before last year but it was rather unstable and slow so I wanted to give Gentoo a try.

Anyway after I get to the root prompt I'm trying to now sort out the partitions. There are 2 SCSI HDs connected on this machine. In Mac OS 9 I partitioned one of the drives as half Mac/half free as I did before with Mandrake.

In Gentoo the 'Apple Free/unallocated' partition comes up as sdb7. Fine. Been here before no problem. However where I remember Mandrake handled this automatically and created the root and swap partitions for Linux, here I'm having to do this myself and I'm not sure if I've made a mistake.

What I've tried to do is make a parition map on the free space of sdb7. That worked fine, what seems to have been created is a kind of partition within a partition (/dev/sdb72 =swap and /dev/sdb73 = root). The problem is this is not then accessable when you go to do makefs.ext3 /dev/sdb73. It cannot see sdb73 only sdb7.

Is there any way for makefs.ext3 to address sdb73 or do I have to start over ? If so can someone please explain to me how to do this if I want 1 half of the disc allocated for Mac and one half for Linux, because the only thing I seem to able to create is a nested partition within sdb7. I don't know what partitions are ok to delete in sdb itself (I thought they were all neccessay for the disk to work and that when I installed Mandrake before it just used the free space)

I Hope someone understands what I mean. Thanks
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JoseJX
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about the confusion with the docs. The current online docs have been corrected for booting on OW and can be found here: http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml

You do not need a second partition map to do what you want, simply make your swap and root partitions on sdb (from what I read below, probably sdb7 and sdb8). If you still want it to boot OS9, you do need to leave all of those OS9 disk drivers on there.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jose thanks for info. I somehow figured it out in the end, I think I know what I did wrong and didn't realise you could just work on sdb itself like that without messing up the mac sections.

Anyway all done Gentoo up and running on this ancient box after about 5 hours...phew

I can hardly wait to compile X.... (joking, it will take ages on this machine)

thanks again
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