Re: Bug#652275: Guided partitioning should not offer separate /usr, /var, and /tmp partitions; leave that to manual partitioning
Russell Coker <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Thu, 22 Dec 2011, Goswin von Brederlow <email@example.com> 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
> but I don't think that they will be running a DB server on their home
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.