The nuts and bolts => Installation & Updates => Topic started by: sgla1 on January 12, 2009, 10:47:58 pm

Title: /boot partition
Post by: sgla1 on January 12, 2009, 10:47:58 pm
Hi all,

When installing Vector Linux I don't see where either the graphical or text installer allows you to mount and use a separate /boot partition.  Have I missed something, or is there a design reason for this?

Title: Re: /boot partition
Post by: Daniel on January 13, 2009, 06:26:38 pm
Do you mean a bootable partition that the computer will boot VL off of? If not, please explain.
Title: Re: /boot partition
Post by: bigpaws on January 13, 2009, 06:48:17 pm
You have not missed something. There is no option for that.
Many moons ago it was decided that most of the Vector users
would not be interested in it.

There is a way to do so. You can cp your /boot partition to the other
/boot partition and the remove the Vector /boot partition and edit
/etc.fstab and mount your new /boot partition.

Title: Re: /boot partition
Post by: sgla1 on January 13, 2009, 10:17:13 pm
rgr that.  Still it seems like it wouldn't take more than a few lines of code in the installer.

Perhaps you are underestimating your users -- after all, if I was a noobie I don't think I would use a slackware-based distro.  I'd use that brown distro because of apt, the high level of integration and the vast library of packages, and because I could probably find other users to help me out.  I think you need to have some level of Linux sophistication to use VL.

Steve G
Title: Re: /boot partition
Post by: caitlyn on January 14, 2009, 01:22:58 am
Hi, Steve,

Most distros no longer offer a separate /boot partition.  The need for that in Linux disappeared a long time ago.

FWIW, I don't think Vector Linux is any harder to use than Ubuntu.  No sophistication is required, especially for VL 6.0.
Title: Re: /boot partition
Post by: sgla1 on January 14, 2009, 10:06:16 pm
Just as a point of interest I happen to work for a very_large_web_company.  As a Unix admin.  We manage close to 2000 Linux boxes, half of which are public-facing.  We do use a /boot partition, and we do not mount it in normal use.  That prevents the monkeys (some of whom work for us) from messing up critical files and adds a degree of security.