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Re: About /etc/fstab and LABELs

On Fri, Oct 07, 2005 at 11:17:25PM +0300, Kostas Sfakiotakis wrote:
> Besides  answer me this : Let's assume that on one box you have
> Redhat 7.3 but because it is out of date you want to install on the
> same box  Fedora Core 4 for example ( Dual boot with 2 Linux
> versions ) . If you use labels for the root device , then on boot
> how will the Redhat 7.3 know which is it's root partition so it will
> try to boot from there and which is the Fedora Core 4 ( btw a
> 2.6.* kernel and NOT a 2.4 ) so it will not use it ???

The label for / doesn't have to be /.  It could easily be 73root and
fc4root. Label the partitions properly and you don't have to worry about
it.  Edit the fstab and grub.conf entries and you're done.

> All am trying to say here is . There are certainly occassion where
> LABELS will make things easier , that's the reason they were
> originally created , but there are also occassion where LABELS
> will not be as helpfull . 

Labels never create a problem.  Not using them can.

I've been managing systems for 25 years and multiple operating systems
as well.  I've never found a device label to cause me more grief than
not using one.  It's your choice of course to manage your systems as you
see fit.

Ed Wilts, RHCE
Mounds View, MN, USA
mailto:ewilts ewilts org
Member #1, Red Hat Community Ambassador Program

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