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Bug#660639: debian-installer: too few inodes on /var

Package: debian-installer
Version: 20110106+squeeze4
Severity: wishlist


when installing a Debian Squeeze machine, while partitioning the disk,
the associated help texts suggest that the option for more inodes is
only required for a news server. But in my practical experience, almost
all systems sooner or later seem to hit the inodes limit on /var.

It is generally a very bad idea to run out of inodes, and, much worse,
they even can't be retrofitted to an existing file system, it should be
worth the effort to allocate more of them right from the start
(re-formatting /var in an otherwise running system also has the
potential for great havoc).

I therefore suggest that the d-i allocates much more inodes for /var in
any case, as just far too many files go in there during regular
operations. If my icinga reports are correct, eight times as many inodes
should be a good ballpark figure.

Kind regards,

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.4
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (990, 'stable'), (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-0.bpo.1-686-pae (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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