On Thu, Nov 25, 1999 at 11:40:49AM +0000, Mel mentioned:
> > Then it said "insufficent disk space on /" - smeg. It's trying to install
> > into /opt. This stupid idea on StarDivisions part makes life a lot harder.
> > Sure, I know that I can make /usr/opt, make a link, install it, and then
> > link /usr/opt/Soffice50/bin/soffice to /usr/bin/soffice - but a beginner
> > sure wouldn't. Linux and it's apps have a hell of a way to go yet.
>> I don't think insufficient disk space is an installation problem or a
> sympton of bad application support. Windows tries to install everything on
> c:\program files. When out of disk space on C, it doesn't take a big leap
> to install it on D. In a similar trend, it doesn't take a lot to add
> --prefix or --root to install a package with rpm. I would guess gnorpm or
> one of those front ends would have a --prefix option box.
It is, when RedHat's "Workstation" install makes a root partition of 64MB
and a 64MB swap partition, without giving you the option of reviewing the
matter. I was trying to show how easy the install could be. At least
windows doesn't make a 64MB C: drive, and then have apps shipped with it
that want to stick 300MB into it.
Either way, even if I did use the --root option (not something you want to
go explaining to a newbie, when you are showing how easy Linux is to
install these days), it would still have left everything in /usr/local/opt
> Also, in my experience with new users, they make one partition for / and
> leave it at that. There is no clever dividing partitions into /usr or
> /usr/local. Therefore, they wouldn't have the same problem you did and rpm
> would do the job with no errors. You divide up your partitions because you
> know the advantages of it but it's not typical behaviour for a new user.
Alas, you can't always do that, when Windows is installed on the box too.
All of the root partition has to be in the first 528MB. Otherwise lilo can
do strange things...I state again - RedHat did the partition dividing. Not
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