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 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