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

Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au> writes:

> On Thu, 22 Dec 2011, Goswin von Brederlow <goswin-v-b@web.de> wrote:
>> PS: I myself like a seperate /usr but I wouldn't use it for my parents.
>> I do want a seperate /var and /home for them though so they can't DOS
>> the system by filling up their home.
> How would filling up /home DOS the system?

Filling /home doesn't but filling /var does. And if it is all one
partition ... Prior to recent changes this also affected /var/run and
/var/lock and so on. With /var being full you had problems booting.

> The only common program I can think of which fails hard when it runs out of 
> disk space is Squid.  I expect that some DB servers also have serious problems 

No squid, no google or amazon anymore. Effectively (for the target
audience) DOSed.

> but I don't think that they will be running a DB server on their home 
> workstation.

If the system runs out of space it can't spool the mail telling me the
system is full. 

> My experience with systems I run for people who aren't computer experts (which 
> includes my parents) is that filling /home causes various parts of their 
> desktop environment to cease working (thus effectively DOSing the system) and 
> they also just can't save files.
> I have a separate partition for /home on such workstations, but this is just 
> for ease of backups.


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