CentOS 5 :: Newbie To CentOS Seeks Advice On New Install / Hardware / Partitioning

May 10, 2010

I've got a box (prev used for WinXP) with 2GB Ram and a new 500GB HD to throw in there.Noticed on the Wiki CreatingUpdateMedia and reading as much as I can ramping up for this.I'm curious how I should partition this disk, and what other decisions I'll need to make on install.I see quite a bit of interest also in virtualization, and if I find a need, this could be useful too.Kernel upgrades?how to do? Does the disk have to be wiped or just use an alternate boot device to replace K on HD? I have a tech background in programming and some solaris, but *nix has grown up in the last 5 years.Hopefully devices will function and networking connectivity can be acheived without too much troubleshooting.

I'm doing this in part to be more educated, especially in the new world of web-hosting where you have a virtualized box, root and shell access, and need to manage it yourself. Beyond that even, my goal is to be able to work on my web-host by setting up a remote linux desktop, and I'll be looking for ways to configure that. There are clients out there (VNC, etc), but I'm not sure on the host-server configuration, and also the port-forwarding setup on my local router.

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Ubuntu :: Newbie Seeking Advice On Performance Improvement?

Aug 27, 2010

every now and then my company cleans its it trash by giving away computers to its employees. this i became the owner of a p4, 2ghz compaq evo with 512 mb ram and no hard drive. i bought a 500 gb hdd, dowloaded ubuntu, created a live disk and in a matter of minutes i had a new desktop! i love it! a new computer with a new operating system set by a non-techie in 15 minutes? not even microsoft can beat that. oh, and the total cost was zero!

then i started clearing issues (mysterious crash on p4 computers solved with a patch, screen resolution solved with a new mode, not recognized microsoft webcam to be solved, connection to stora nsa to be solved, etc.). this is nothing different from what you would go through installing windows on a new computer, in fact the process seemed easier for me as there's tons of documentation and people willing 1. overall system performance, mostly while browsing seems low. could it be the 512 mb of memory? would it improve its performance to jump to 1 or 2 gb? or it's just the processor that's too slow and not all the memory in the world would make it faster? while we're at it, is it reasonable to expect good performance on ubuntu 10.4 on a p4 2.0 ghz? (my notebook, a 2 ghz core duo runs faster on xp, but it has 3 gb memory, so i guess memory would help...).

2. choppy videos and other video, both in partial and full screen modes. again, would more ram help? updating drivers? updating flash? (i think it's all updated, but i'll retry...). or is my bottleneck in the processor? 3. my computer has an extra video card, but it's disconnected. i'm not sure about brand or model or even whether this would be an improvement on the on-board card. should i plug it and see what happens? would a better video card improve my performance?

simplifying, this is a computer for me to play and for my baby boy to pound at the keyboard. if i were to spend little money on it, what's the best investment, memory or a new video board? (i think i know the answer, memory). i don't want to extrapolate too much from my windows experience because this is a new os, but i think i would go for extra memory. if memory were the solution to all my problems... how much memory? should i go for an additional gb? full 2 gb? 3? what about buying a 1 gb card and plugging it side by side with the existing 512 mb? would 1.5 gb be enough?

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Mar 19, 2010

What is the best way for custom partitioning. I am completely new to Linux. So i dont know what to do.I have 500 GB of disc space.I also have 3 GB RAM.I mean i don't understand the process so

1: it askes for the partition to install linux /
2: swap partition - what is it and what is it for?
3: there can be some other partitions. Will others be visible? if i create them? how are they called and what are they used for) Mb there is something such newb as me should know about it?) I can format only space used for / and other unused space i can format later when linux installed and I am more used to it. When i know what it is for?

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Jan 15, 2010

I read somewhere that it's good to partition to several partitions, and even better to have separate parts on different hard drives, or even to have different distros, like Ubuntu or this or that UNIX-based OS on different hard drives, to maximize the functioning quality of your server.Unfortunately I only have one HDD and one computer at the moment, and although I can add more later when I've got the $$$, right now I'd like to know the best way to set up a partitioning sequence.

In addition, I have Windows 7 currently installed, and would like to keep it here. I've partitioned my internal HDD which is 250GB to only have 50GB to Windows 7, and I have ALL my data besides relevant application data stored on either my PS3 YDL 6.2, which has a 500GB HDD, and on my 1TB external HDD.So, what is the best partitioning sequence considering 180GB of space, a 50GB Windows 7 partition, and no other hard drives connected to the server? Also what/what OS to put on the different partitions?

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Oct 8, 2009

I've installed a 500 Mb WD HD (Sata3) in my Centos 5 Server (AMD QuadCore) - Linux 2.6.18-128.el5 #1 SMP (x86_64)

Fdisk keeps failing with the following message - kernel: ata1: SError: { HostInt Handshk }

Tim Weil
Silver Spring, MD.

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Sep 23, 2010

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Feb 27, 2011

I am looking for a way to partition 2 disks automatically with are both connected to 2 different scsi controllers.

I want one disk on one controller to be partitioned with boot and lvm and the other one with a different partition layout.

I there a way in kickstart to do this, like for instance specify the drive module?

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Jun 26, 2011

Centos noob with fresh install of Centos 5 DVD on AMD w ATI Radeon 9250 /1 gb RAM/320gb HDD. Don't see an "installation" forum so posting here. Read here -> and following page which seems to indicate the default option on a new unformatted 320gb HD is suitable for most users, so selected it just to see. Install went fine. Using KDE as default desktop.cat /etc/fstab shows:

[root@centosdesktop user]# cat /etc/fstab
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2


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Jun 10, 2010

would anyone here happen have gotten one of these successfully up, running &, aligned on 5.5? i only want two partitions. one 2gig for swap and the rest mounted @ /. i've googled myself into complete and utter confusion.[Moderator edit: changed the title to something more informative

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Jul 9, 2009

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Is there a way that I can make sure ISCSI module installs during installation? Although I think it is installed since it's able to copy the files and setup /dev/sda. I just wana make sure that it installs during setup.

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Jun 8, 2009

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Feb 18, 2010

I am trying to install CentOS 5.2, and the installation ran out of disk space after running for about 2 hours.I checked the FAQ, and it said 1.2 GB. The disk is 3 GB. The default install was selected, and I think that it checks for sufficient available disk space before installing. Still, it ran for quite a while before announcing that it was out of disk space.The Installation Guide is not very helpful, since there is a blank page where the disk space requirement is supposed to be. I just picked the default installation. A search of the forums on "not enough disk space" did not return much.

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Mar 23, 2010

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Jul 2, 2010

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[root@ ~]# /etc/init.d/vmware start
Starting VMware services:
VMware USB Arbitrator [ OK ]


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Feb 25, 2009

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"root(hd0,1)filesystem type is ext2f2,partition type0x83
Error is : file not found
press any key to continue"

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May 1, 2010

I am trying to do a basic install of CentOS 5.4 on my embedded computer. It is a Linutop 2 system with a AMD Geode 800MHz CPU and 512Mb Ram. Have installed an IBM 40Gb 2.5" HD for OS storage. I am doing the install procedure in text mode. Everything goes as planned until I get to the package selection.

1. Booting from (i386) DVD with "linux text" parameter.
2. Skipping media check.
3. Selecting "English" install language.
4. Selecting "DK-latin1" as keyboard layout.
5. Selecting "Remove all partitions and create default layout" and selecting "no" to modifying partition layout.
6. Selecting "yes" to configure "eth0" and mark to enable "IPv4" on boot.
7. Selecting DHCP for IP configuration and Manual host name.
8. Setting time zone to "Europe/Copenhagen".
9. Setting root password to a 16 digit alphanumeric pass-phrase.
10. De-selecting "Desktop - Gnome" (no other entries selected).

When the system is checking for dependencies, an exception

Traceback (most recent call first):
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/packageSack.py", line 426, in returnNewestByName
raise PackageSackError, 'No Package Matching %s' % ui_pats
File "/tmp/treedir.22057/instimage/usr/lib/anaconda/yuminstall.py", line 1072, in getBestKernelByArch
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Jul 1, 2010

I've been trying for the past week to install an icecast server on my centos 5 VPS hosted through phurix.

I've tried compiling it, installing it from RPM. but im getting nowhere. Has anybody had any luck installing it, who wouldn't mind explaining how they went about it?

I've searched google for hours on end and all I can come up with is generic cent os 4 guides that just wont work. Im not the best when in comes to linux. I do a great job of copying and pasting to a shell prompt and can use ftp etc.

if this is any use.. heres the last output from my last attempt and compiling it...

[root@vps613 icecast-2.3.2]# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/icecast
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... no


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Aug 10, 2010

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Oct 2, 2010

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telnet localhost 25
Connected to localhost.localdomain (
Escape character is '^]'.
Connection closed by foreign host.

Everything else seems to be working (telnet to 110), and I turned off the firewall entirely, but I still cannot telnet to port 25. I also get a blank error within squirrelmail when attempting to send mail out (ERROR:Message not sent. Server replied: ). I apologize for not going directly to the qmailrocks forum, but they are currently closed down (due to lack of funds). I also am a newbie, so I apologize for the lack of needed information. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know what information you would need.

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Nov 6, 2010

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Jan 14, 2010

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