I'm trying my hand at installing Redhat 6.0, and have been pouring over
the installation guide because I'm nervous about screwing around with
(also known as re-partitioning) my system.
I currently have a single hard drive, 13+ GB and it is formatted as a
single partition (DOS). I would certainly prefer non-destructive
partitioning, but when I performed a defragmentation, I spotted
a group of files at the END of my hard drive. The RH CDROM docs
seem to indicate that this is bad because the first partition can't be
cut off shorter than the last files physically on the drive. There is a
reference in fips.doc to files named mirorsav.fil and image.idx and it is
suggested that they be deleted (apparently they are located at the
end of the drive). A find operation shows that I don't have these files
on my system.
1. Is it true that I'll have to get around this re-partitioning problem
before I continue even though I will choose the workstation configuration
(and it provides a lot of automatic installation for the user)?
2. Is there a way to determine the name of files that are located at
the end of the disk? Defrag is the only program that I'm aware of that
relates files to location, but that program doesn't seem to provide
file names. If I could determine what's out there, maybe I could
safely delete them until after the re-partitioning.
3. Am I destined to do a destructive repartitioning? I'll hate it if you
Please help if you can. I'm a very newbie, I've used some Unix,
but no Linux. All I want to do is a little programming, and I'm anxious
to do it with Linux C or CPP. My lack of knowledge in the Unix/Linux
sys admin area makes me feel fragile, and it might not take too
much to make me give it up.
Thanks very much,