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I'm starting to use a mac, and would like to install different operating systems on it, and, if possible, share some partitions. (like home)

I'm planning to install Debian along with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and share it's home directory, of, if possible, at least, create a new partition only for my mp3 files.

Anyone knows a guide for it? Or risks in doing it... thanks!

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  • If you're not requiring direct device access or 3D capabilities, a virtual machine running Debian would be an easy and lightweight option, not to mention more flexibility in how you use your (limited) disk space.
    – Daniel Beck
    Dec 16 '10 at 7:25
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It's possible to use ext3 on a mac. I'm going through that route.

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You can mount your OSX partitions with "mount -t hfs". Doing that on a read-only basis (ie: "mount -t hfs -o ro /dev/sdaX") is very safe. I don't trust writes to it though. If you're transferring files between systems, it is better to setup an additional hfs formatted partition for that purpose.

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  • Read-only sharing of home would defeat the purpose, if I understand the intend of the OP correctly.
    – Daniel Beck
    Dec 16 '10 at 7:23
  • OSX won't read filesystems common to Linux like ext*. Linux can read hfs and hfsplus, but I wouldn't trust it for /home use. When actually writing to an hfsplus system, you have to unmount it and fsck.hfsplus it before OSX sees it. Therefore, I really don't see a reliable way to share /home between the two systems. He can try it, but I'd back everything up daily. Dec 16 '10 at 16:08
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I guess one simple solution is to create the exFAT partition (same partition as many USB key).

This partition is so old that the support is good on MacOs and Linux. Saying that, FAT32 is so old that it does not support recent modern partition feature

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If you are using several operating systems and you are not maxing out the CPU or disk speed the it might be easier to start with running the OSs in a virtual machine. There are severla including a free one Virtual Box This can allow the OS in the box to access data in shared directories on the host OS.

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  • Why the downvote?
    – mmmmmm
    May 29 '12 at 17:12

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