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Re: Partition size

On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 02:50:19PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 10:16:11AM +0000, Chris Lale wrote:
> > Colin Watson wrote:
> > >On Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 04:10:00PM +0000, Chris Lale wrote:
> > >>I read in the Debian installation manual (v.3.0.24, 24th May 2002
> > >>section 6.4) that partitions greater than about 6Gb should be avoided.
> > >>Does anyone know if this true? If so, why?
> > >
> > >They're a bit of a pain with ext2 because they'll take geological time
> > >to fsck if the system ever shuts down uncleanly. With a journalling
> > >filesystem there should be no problem.
> > 
> > One of my partitions is 8Gb and I have noticed exactly this behaviour. 
> > It also takes aeons to mount during boot. Do you think I should convert 
> > all my partions to ext3, or just the 8Gb one?
> My experiences with ext3 have been uniformly good, so I tend to convert
> even small partitions to it. However, others may have had different
> experiences.

I have had no problems with ext3 either, nor have I heard of anyone 
having problems, nor is there any bugs open in e2fsprogs. Should we 
just flatly recommend ext3 in the manual? Or maybe something like

Index: partitioning.sgml
RCS file: /cvs/debian-boot/boot-floppies/documentation/en/partitioning.sgml,v
retrieving revision 1.59
diff -u -r1.59 partitioning.sgml
--- partitioning.sgml	19 Aug 2002 15:06:54 -0000	1.59
+++ partitioning.sgml	28 Nov 2002 17:51:12 -0000
@@ -251,9 +251,9 @@
 For new users, personal Debian boxes, home systems, and other
 single-user setups, a single <file>/</file> partition (plus swap) is
-probably the easiest, simplest way to go. It is possible to have problems with
-this idea, though, with larger (20GB) disks. Based on limitations in
-how ext2 works, avoid any single partition greater than 6GB or so.
+probably the easiest, simplest way to go. But for any single partition
+greater than 6GB or so, choose the ext3 type filesystem (which also
+works fine for smaller partitions, but is a more recent development).
 For multi-user systems, it's best to put <file>/usr</file>,
 <file>/var</file>, <file>/tmp</file>, and <file>/home</file> each on

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