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    Gentoo on Macbook Pro


    I have 3 partitions. dev/sda1 and dev/sda2 are for OSX.
    The third is ext3, sda3 for gentoo. I can only have one partition dedicated to gentoo.

    I am wondering if it is correct set both / and /boot on dev/sda3 in the fstab like:

    /dev/sda3 /boot ext3 noauto,noatime 1 2
    /dev/sda3 / ext3 noatime 0 1

    /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,ro 0 0

    Any advice would be helpful.

    Thankyou in advance,

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    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums Francesco

    If you intend booting from the root partition then you only have a single entry in /etc/fstab for root. Just add a # at the beginning of the boot partition entry to comment it out.

    Hope you enjoy using Gentoo ... and I suggest you do a handbook install.

    btw ... only just read your 5 day old post because I don't have a Macbook Pro - would have responded much quicker to a post title something like 'correct /etc/fstab entries with no /boot partition'
    Last edited by Jonathan183; 09-06-2009 at 09:29 PM.

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    Thanks for the advice.

    I had already managed to install it even though I specified both the root / and /boot in the fstab. Gave me errors everytime, but managed to load up.
    Now that I fixed it I don't get errors, which is always good I suppose! I didn't have the possibility to do a handbook install because I already had windows and mac os x on my hard drive therefore I could afford only 1 single partition because of the limitations of the boot program I'm using...

    Thanks again


    (btw I'm really liking gentoo =) )

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    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    Glad your sorted ... I said handbook install (rather than using the automatic installer). Partition layout is down to personal preference anyway ... so it's still a handbook install as far as I'm concerned. Enjoy your Gentoo .

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