>If I recall, there was a change in the ext2 utilities from FC3 to
>which fsils with earlier distro created partitions.
>I believe you need to disable filechecking with the entries in your
>fstab file. That is, change the last two digits in your older distros
>Alternatively, you could mount the other OS partitions whenever you need
>to access the files on the common partitions..
>Are you talking about a common /home partition?
Yes, and therefore, I can't use my privous installations anymore.
And I have no idea, how to convert the ext3 back.
I have read already bug #174618, but they assume a kernel patch for
FC4. But as I want to use Centos4 and don't believe RedHat will corporate
such a patch into their Kernels.
I like the seperate partitions for /boot for each installation. Another
good idea is to chainload the different installations and installing
grub in each distros boot partiton. In that way, you do not have to be
concerned about installations butting heads with each other.
With using one /boot partition between several installations, the
boot/grub directory is probably a mangled mess with each installation
overwriting the other distributions files.
I am surprises a common /boot partition scheme even works.
The issue with preventing file checking with older distributions and
newer distributions being mixed on the same system, caused a person to
be dropped to the maintenence shell when an ext3 partition was mounted.
I cannot recall which way the problem went, older to newer or newer to
Since you did not mention FC4, I assumed you were effected by the
problem which was due to incompatibility between FC3 and FC4. A /home
partition which was common between distros would have dropped you to
maintenence with the problem that I was thinking of.
Regarding recovering your partitions, Unless you formatted the
partitions, you should have the same makeup for them. /boot/grub is
probably a mess though. All I see is that you might have to make a boot
partition for each distribution. You might need to deal with this on the
fedora forum or the Centos list or in documentation for the details on
seperate /boot partitions, using /boot off of the / partition and other