1. 9.1 GB SCSI drive & Linux & Adaptec 1742
I am considering the purchase of a 9.1 GB SCSI drive for my
Adaptec 1742 controller on a VLB 486 box, running Linux and
DOS. I intend to partition it such that LILO can get
at everything (which means that DOS and the LINUX kernel
file (/vmlinuz) has to be in the first 1.0 GB or so),
and the rest of the system can be partitioned in 2.0 GB
chunks (because of Linux's 32-bit file size limitation --
I could be wrong here).
I may upgrade to an Adaptec 2842 VLB controller in the future;
Linux now appears to support that, as of 1.1.54/Slackware 2.0.2.
The DOS partition (igh*) will probably be fairly small,
around 150 MB. The LINUX root partition is going to be
about 300 MB.
I am not sure whether I will enable extended cylinder mapping
I also want the option of installing Windows NT and Warp
someday (gah*) (again, in the top 1 GB). A couple of dummy
partitions of about 250MB each should take care of that.
Other systems (mostly Amigas) will access the data partitions
via NFS. (I have already done this with 660 MB drives; it's
pretty much a no-brainer, which is fine since my Amiga
TCP/IP software is rather old).
It would also appear that I am limited to about 7
partitions (3 + extended, which doesn't count + 4 on the
extended). (Can anyone verify this?)
A few questions:
1) Will this work as expected?
2) Anything I haven't covered above? Is some sort of sneaky
ill-groomed bug/feature/gotcha gonna bite me?
3) Can I dispense with any of the above precautions (e.g.
putting things in the first GB for LILO's sake)?
My views; I don't think my company will want 'em!
(At least not in this newsgroup...)
*igh = I'm getting a headache...
*gah = Getting another headache...
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