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Resizing the main reiserfs partition after install

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Folks,

I recently installed Xandros 2.0D onto a virgin hard disk, and chose the express install which took the max amount of space for the main reiserFS partition.

I now need to add a Win98 partition, and it's proving trickier than I thought.

I can't use Xandros's own QTPartEd, because I can't resize the partition the OS is running from. I tried running Mepis from CD, but that distro doesn't support ReiserFS. I've just tried Knoppix, which may support ReiserFS, but which doesn't give me the opportunity to log on as root, so QTPartEd doesn't see the drive.

I really don't want to have to go down the Partition Magic/Acronis OS route. And the only other solution that's been suggested - http://www.linux-mag.com/2003-07/guru_01.html involves far more console & compiling than this Linux newbie can cope with.

Can anyone suggest a way of doing this, please?
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You have to boot on another system. You won't be able to resize your root fs "online".

If you have a "rescue mode" on your Xandros CD, you should try to reboot using it.
Then, the simplest way is using resize_reiserfs -500M /dev/hda for example.

Once done, you'll have to use fdisk. BE CAREFUL. You'll have to write down all the cylinders parameters from your partition.
Delete it, and recreate a new one with the new size. This is to update the partition table on the disk.

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I don't think you can rezise your parition without som serious dataloss. What i have read reiserfs can't be rezised. But i may have wrong. But if i was you i had make som backup of the data on your computer.
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