You have successfully completed the first part of the installation. Now it's time for the second. Type
setup and press Enter.
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
Highlight the ADDSWAP
option and hit Enter
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.
The wizard will format the swap partition. You may also decide to check for bad block, which is not a bad
Once the swap partition is configured, you will be prompted with a message.
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
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
The best choices are the ext2 and ext3 filesystems.
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.
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.
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.
Once you configure all of the partitions successfully, you will be prompted with a message.