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NO! (Was: Re: Corel/Debian Linux Installer)

On Mon, 16 Aug 1999, Christopher W. Curtis wrote:
> /     -- small, 32-64MB, mounted readonly, 0% reserve
> /etc  -- small, 16-32MB, mounted read-write, 0% reserve
> /usr  -- dependent on packages selected, readonly, 2% reserve
> /var  -- dependent on packages selected, read-write, 5% reserve
> /opt,/usr/local -- medium, read-write, 2-5% reserve
>      I say read-write for /usr/local/var, etc.
> /home -- remainder, read-write, 2% reserve (assume large)

No, no, NO!  What you show is better than what your typical linux newbie
chooses (ie, one huge / partition), but the correct way, as has been found
over 20 years of experience, is this:

/    -- 60M is traditional.  To be safe, 128M, drives are big enough.
swap -- double your ram.  I just give it 128M no matter what.
/var -- 128M.  If you run INN, it should have its own separate partition.
/usr -- all the rest
/home is a symlink to /usr/home

That is the *BSD standard.  When people send some large emails, /var tends
to fill up very quickly, and you DON'T want that to take down the rest of
the system.

The contents of /usr and /home don't normally bring the system to a
standstill if they fill up, so by having both on a single partition, you get
more aggregate free space since less is wasted.

As for the / partition, if it goes over 60M, something is probably
seriously wrong.  Now why in HELL would you want a separate /etc partition?
It makes booting harder.  You probably won't realize that until you actually
try it.



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