Bug#652275: Guided partitioning should not offer separate /usr, /var, and /tmp partitions; leave that to manual partitioning
In all of the recent discussions about separate /usr partitions, most
people seem to acknowledge them as unusual, special-purpose
configurations, even those who use them. To the extent they have a use
at all, they primarily have a use for people who have very specific
reasons for wanting them, and all of those people will know how to
handle partitioning. To a lesser extent, that holds true for having
separate partitions for /var, /tmp, or other top-level directories. It
seems likely that any such setup will have custom requirements.
Meanwhile, we don't want to steer any new users towards a setup with a
pile of different partitions, which makes their system more complex with
more potential failure modes.
In the most recent thread, I noticed that someone mentioned they
primarily chose a setup with a separate /usr partition because the
installer offered such a setup as one of the standard guided
Please consider removing the option in the guided partitioner for
separate /usr, /var, and /tmp partitions; that would leave only the "All
files in one partition" and "Separate /home partition" setups, both of
which potentially make sense for users of the guided partitioner.
Anyone desiring a setup with more separate partitions should have no
trouble using the manual partitioner to create whatever custom
configuration they desire.
- Josh Triplett