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constantgamer247
June 15th, 2010, 01:18 PM
Was not sure if I should post this in the mac section because I am installing it on my imac but it's less a mac question and more how do I partition it.


I am trying to make my iMac dual bootable with mac os x and ubuntu 10.

Just wondering if I should use rEFIT?

And should I partition my HDD with boot camp or should I use the partition tools in ubuntu. Also I will be creating a separate partitions for Ubuntu's /home and /root directories

if anyone thinks this should be in the apple section please tell me

r-mo
June 15th, 2010, 01:23 PM
Have you seen this page? it's a pretty detailed guide.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation

You shouldn't have a problem with separate partitions for / and /root just make sure you put grub in the right place on the advanced screen.

srs5694
June 15th, 2010, 02:56 PM
There's little or no reason to put /root on its own partition, and lots of reason to not do this. The /root directory is the home directory for the root user, and it's generally kept on the (confusingly named, in this context) root directory ("/") so that the root user can log into the system even if there are problems mounting other partitions. (Since Ubuntu doesn't permit direct root logins by default, this may not be a big deal for a typical Ubuntu install, but it could be if you change it.)

I suspect you really mean that you want a separate /boot partition. This directory typically contains the Linux kernel and boot loader (GRUB) configuration files. It's sometimes split off from the root ("/") partition as a way of isolating it, making it accessible to boot loader run-time code when using RAID or LVM, or for other reasons.

varunendra
June 15th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Have you seen this page? it's a pretty detailed guide.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation

You shouldn't have a problem with separate partitions for / and /root just make sure you put grub in the right place on the advanced screen.

I think no more guidance is needed after following r-mo's link. Mark the thread as [solved] if you are satisfied.

JohnAtilano
June 16th, 2010, 07:10 PM
I think no more guidance is needed after following r-mo's link. Mark the thread as [solved] if you are satisfied.

I would be careful about following those instructions. I believe they are incorrect.

You need to manually create your partitions before you begin the installation process. Otherwise GRUB will be installed to /dev/sda and it will nuke your system (this happened to me twice).

Use GParted to create your ubuntu and SWAP partitions then execute the install.