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Re: Bug#652275: Guided partitioning should not offer separate /usr, /var, and /tmp partitions; leave that to manual partitioning

On Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:47:52 +0800, Thomas Goirand <thomas@goirand.fr> wrote:
> On 12/22/2011 02:42 AM, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > People expect that they can use all the capacity of their disk without
> > having to take unusual steps like resizing partitions and filesystems.
> > After installing Debian on a 1TB drive, "df -h" should say that you have
> > just under 1TB of free space, not just a handful of GB.
> >   
> Please define "people". I don't consider myself included, and I know
> many who wouldn't either. I'm *tired* of reading the assumptions that
> Debian users should be considered dumb ass with zero knowledge by
> default, when I have the strong feeling it's quite the opposite. So please
> do not make such generalities and assumptions without any check. Did
> you actually do a poll to check if they were expecting that? What
> numbers to you have to back it up?
> Also, if "people" don't know, why can't they learn?


Before I set up a preseed to work round it, I was constantly annoyed by
the assumption that mult-partition + LVM would allocate almost the whole
of the disk to /home -- what use it that to anyone?

Not only that, but the multi-terabyte filesystem that you're then going
to have to remove before you get to take any advantage of LVM takes
_ages_ to create.  I'd say that 2GB is a reasonable starting point for
/home on LVM, and is small enough that people will notice instantly that
most of their disk is missing -- we could always mention it in the
install guide after all.  ;-)

The only reason I've never mentioned it in public before is that I know
I that should be fixing it rather than complaining about it, and I feel
guilty that I've done no work on d-i for ages.

Cheers, Phil.
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