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Re: history (Was Re: Corel/Debian Linux Installer)

On Tue, Aug 17, 1999 at 02:57:12PM +0200, goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de wrote:
> > On Mon, 16 Aug 1999, Jonathan Walther wrote:
> > > /tmp -> symlink to /usr/tmp
> / is readonly, var is readwrite. So /var MUST be a seperate
> partition. Same with tmp (which symlink to /var/temp). 

having a separate partition for /tmp would be fine, but symlinking it
is broken. it means that there is no /tmp directory available early in
the boot process and when running in "emergency" boot mode or from the
rescue disk.

ok, it works 99% of the time.  it's still broken (and broken by design).

> Filesystem         1024-blocks  Used Available Capacity Mounted on
> /dev/hda6             497667   33799   438166      7%   /var
> As you see, var is quite big, but hardly used at all. 

as myself and others have pointed out, correct partitioning of a system
depends entirely on what that system is meant to do and how it will be
used. i.e. it is HIGHLY situation dependent. your /var partition is just
another example of the truth of that.

i agree with jason - if you try to automatically determine partition
sizes then you will fail.

for most end-users, a single big / partition plus a swap partition is
good enough. anyone who needs a different partitioning scheme can and
should be assumed to know what they're doing. provide documentation,
provide advice and discussions, provide rules of thumb and examples, but
don't presume that any installer script can adequately decide upon a
good partitioning scheme for any system.


craig sanders

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