Installing Slackware Linux - Part 2


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You have successfully completed the first part of the installation. Now it's time for the second. Type setup and press Enter.

Slackware setup start

You will reach the Slackware Linux Setup main screen.

The setup consists of several options, which can be individually edited. The layout of the option is chronological, meaning that if you begin with, for instance, TARGET, you will also be able to edit all other options after it (below), but not the one before (above). Since we are running the setup for the first time and nothing has been configured yet, it is best if we go through the options one by one, save for the keyboard.

Assuming that you use a US keyboard, you can safely begin the setup at ADDSWAP.

Slackware setup intro

Highlight the ADDSWAP option and hit Enter.

Slackware setup swap

During the partitioning, if you have changed the swap partition filesystem type to Linux swap, it will now be automatically detected. Indeed, as you may recall, the first partition that we created (hda1) is swap, just as the setup wizard prompts us.

Slackware setup swap detected

The wizard will format the swap partition. You may also decide to check for bad block, which is not a bad idea.

Slackware setup swap formatting

Once the swap partition is configured, you will be prompted with a message.

Slackware setup swap configured

In the next step, we need to select our root partition. Again, recall our partition table. Our root partition was created second, therefore it should bear the label hda2. Furthermore, it has a size of 5GB. The choice should not be difficult.

Slackware setup select root

Now, you be asked whether you want to format the root partition. Since we have just created the partition, we need to format it. If the partitions have been used previously, you might want to do a slow format and check for bad blocks.

Slackware setup root format

The best choices are the ext2 and ext3 filesystems.

Slackware setup root filesystem

A slightly tricky question is to select the inode density for the partition. As the name implies, this places a practical limit on the number of files that can be stored on the hard drive. The default 4KB size limits our 5GB partition to roughly a million files.

Slackware setup root inode density

After the root partition is configured, you will be asked to setup the remaining partitions - in our case hda3 - which we have dedicated to be our home partition. Like before, we will format it (using ext3) and set the inode density to default.

Slackware setup configure other partitions

After the usual steps already configured in the setup of the root partition, we need to specify the mount point for our partition. Indeed, we need hda3 to be mounted as /home.

Slackware setup other partitions mount points

Once you configure all of the partitions successfully, you will be prompted with a message.

Slackware setup partitioning done

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