Thanks to Fedora community; Installation & Disk Partitioning ISSUE

Linux Tyro fedora.bkn at
Sat Nov 5 15:50:32 UTC 2011

On Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM, Joe Zeff <joe at> wrote:

For a partition to be bootable, it has to have the appropriate files on
> it to boot your computer.  Can you give me one reason why you'd want to
> have those files in /home, even if it is on its own partition, as it is
> on my computers?

Not have but just asked for clarification.

On Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Greg Woods <woods at> wrote:

Yes, I can. I have a system with Windows dual boot, and I want to be
> able to hibernate Linux, boot into Windows, and then resume Linux from
> hibernation. With recent versions of Fedora, this is not possible from
> the standard grub configuration, because hibernating does something to
> the master boot loader block that causes it to boot immediately into the
> same Linux kernel that was hibernated, rather than presenting the usual
> boot menu. I do not have the option of booting Windows instead. This is
> done to prevent someone from accidentally booting the wrong kernel, thus
> clobbering their hibernation info. That is rather like shutting down the
> computer by pulling the plug out of the wall, which can obviously have
> bad consequences.

I really don't know what is hibernation and all that. Can you step by step
let me know or point me to the link what is hibdernation for beginners?

> Unfortunately, this safeguard does get in the way of my desire to
> hibernate Linux and boot into Windows. So I get around this by booting
> from /home. The master boot block contains pointers to the /home boot
> configuration that has nothing in it but chainloaders. Then grub inside
> Fedora is installed only on the Fedora root partition. This only
> requires that the contents of /boot/grub be copied
> to /home/boot/grub,  /home/boot/grub/grub.conf be edited appropriately,
> and that grub be installed on the master boot sector with root pointed
> at the /home partition.
> Doing it this way, when I fire up the machine, I am given a choice of
> Fedora or Windows. If I select Windows, then Windows will boot and run
> normally. If I select Fedora, then the boot block from the Fedora
> partition is loaded, the hibernated kernel immediately boots, and all is
> as I want it to be. That can also work with multiple Linux systems
> booting, as long as they do not share any swap partitions.
> So this is at least one reason why someone might want to boot
> from /home. It does, of course, require that you be comfortable playing
> around with boot loaders, and be comfortable reinstalling the master
> boot block from a rescue CD or DVD (in case you screw up, which of
> course I have done and had to recover this way).

I guess this much advanced and I am not able to understand all this - a
typical thoery. If you can explain step by step, I can understand. THANX
but a bit of it was understood by me.

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