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Re: Help: Linux Installation!!!


Please keep all correspondence on-list. This makes sure that everyone gets the benefit of both the question and the answers and it records the dialogue for the archives, so the whole community grows. One-on-one help is called consulting or tech support, and I charge money for those!

Also, keep replies BELOW the original text, so the whole conversation follows a logical top-to-bottom order. Replying above the original text leaves the conversation in reverse, in effect putting the answer before the question. More importantly, it annoys the hell out of a lot of people on the list since it makes conversations very difficult to follow, and you will get more help if you follow the local customs.

Having said that, your missing gigabytes are quite easy to find. Here is the output of "fdisk -l" and "df -m" you provided:

At 22:48 2/21/2004, you wrote:
# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1         7     56196   83  Linux
/dev/hda2             8      4865  39021885    5  Extended
/dev/hda5             8      3520  28218141   83  Linux
/dev/hda6          3521      3627    859446   82  Linux swap

# df -m
Filesystem           1M-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda5                27124      1032     24714   5% /
/dev/hda1                   53         4        46   7% /boot

You can see that the disk has 4865 cylinders, and that /boot is using the first 7 cylinders as /dev/hda1. There is an extended partition (/dev/hda2) covering the rest of the disk, and your real Linux partitions (the / partition and the swap partition) are inside that. But note that your root partition /dev/hda5 is only 27GB in size, using cylinders 8-3520. Your swap partition then uses cylinders 3521-3627 (roughly 800MB swap). The rest of your disk, cylinders 3628-4865, is not assigned to any partition.

I suggest you use parted (included in Red Hat Linux) to move the /dev/hda6 swap partition to the end of the disk, then grow /dev/hda5 to use all the available space. You should be able to recover it all quite easily.

Rodolfo J. Paiz
rpaiz simpaticus com

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