Relation between Partitions and Filesystems
Posted on 1997-03-16
Hi, I have just installed Linux slackware on my pc.
I have a 2 gig drive where 1.6 gigs is the first partition
having all the DOS files and the rest is for Linux.
I am not familiar with the relation or link if any of Linux
partitions and Linux filesystems. Besides I always find
conflicting pieces of information which only slows everything.
Being a user of Unix, I am used to seeing the following or
similar listing on my screen when I do a "mount" or "df" on
the $ prompt:-
/usr ......blocks etc...
/proc ......blocks .etc...
/home .....blocks etc.....
Clearly there are 5 filesystems here. But when I do the same
on my machine just after logging in after my install, I see
Only 2 filesystems. When I created my partitions using "fdisk"
in linux, I created a 16M+ Swap partition plus
a 300M+ Linux Native partition plus
a 35M+ Linux Native partition.
Besides I cannot create more than 4 partitions in my PC, leave
alone having 5+ partitions for Linux itself. How so ?
In most HOW-TOs it says that you should create a 80+M partition
for Root and "create" partitions later for User and system
If I deinstall everything (*Which I'd rather not do*), and then
do a repartitioning with the first Linux Native primary partition
being 80M+ , then will I run out of space during install - Because
the documentation says that you need min 250M if you'd like to
install X and all.... I am clearly confused here and have stopped
short till I get my system properly set. Could someone kindly
enlighten me. Why do I not see different filesystems mounted ??
I think I may have to "mount" them, but then does "a" file-system
reside on "a" partition, - In that case, I'd have to repartition
and then go ahead and mount right ? I don't know.
Any help will be anticipatingly appreciated.