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11<abstract> 11<abstract>
12To be able to install Gentoo, you must create the necessary partitions. 12To be able to install Gentoo, you must create the necessary partitions.
13This chapter describes how to partition a disk for future usage. 13This chapter describes how to partition a disk for future usage.
14</abstract> 14</abstract>
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16<version>7</version> 16<version>6</version>
17<date>2011-10-17</date> 17<date>2012-10-06</date>
18 18
19<section> 19<section>
20<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title> 20<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title>
21 21
22<subsection> 22<subsection>
23<include href="hb-install-blockdevices.xml"/> 23<include href="hb-install-blockdevices.xml"/>
24</subsection> 24</subsection>
25 25
26<subsection> 26<subsection>
27<title>Partitions</title> 27<title>Partitions</title>
28<body> 28<body>
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30<p> 30<p>
31Although it is theoretically possible to use a full disk to house your Linux 31Although it is theoretically possible to use a full disk to house your Linux
32system, this is almost never done in practice. Instead, full disk block devices 32system, this is almost never done in practice. Instead, full disk block devices
75 be done in parallel (although this advantage is more with multiple disks than 75 be done in parallel (although this advantage is more with multiple disks than
76 it is with multiple partitions) 76 it is with multiple partitions)
77</li> 77</li>
78<li> 78<li>
79 Security can be enhanced by mounting some partitions or volumes read-only, 79 Security can be enhanced by mounting some partitions or volumes read-only,
80 nosuid (setuid bits are ignored), noexec (executable bits are ignored) etc. 80 nosuid (setuid bits are ignored), noexec (executable bits are ignored) etc.
81</li> 81</li>
82</ul> 82</ul>
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84<p> 84<p>
85However, multiple partitions have disadvantages as well. If not configured 85However, multiple partitions have disadvantages as well. If not configured
86properly, you will have a system with lots of free space on one partition and 86properly, you will have a system with lots of free space on one partition and
87none on another. Another nuisance is that separate partitions - especially 87none on another. Another nuisance is that separate partitions - especially
88for important mountpoints like <path>/usr</path> or <path>/var</path> - often 88for important mountpoints like <path>/usr</path> or <path>/var</path> - often
89require the administrator to boot with an initramfs to mount the partition 89require the administrator to boot with an initramfs to mount the partition
90before other boot scripts start. This isn't always the case though, so YMMV. 90before other boot scripts start. This isn't always the case though, so your
91results may vary.
91</p> 92</p>
92 93
93<p> 94<p>
94There is also a 15-partition limit for SCSI and SATA. 95There is also a 15-partition limit for SCSI and SATA.
95</p> 96</p>
96 97
97</body> 98</body>
98</subsection> 99</subsection>
99</section> 100</section>
100<section> 101<section>
101<title>Using fdisk on MIPS to Partition your Disk</title> 102<title>Using fdisk on MIPS to Partition your Disk</title>
102<subsection> 103<subsection>
103<title>SGI Machines: Creating an SGI Disk Label</title> 104<title>SGI Machines: Creating an SGI Disk Label</title>
104<body> 105<body>
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