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Re: Understanding /root Re: My solution

"Michael Wahl" wrote:
  >	I decided to partition my hard disk into:
  >		/boot	50MB
  >		/home	50MB (maybe more)
  >		/root	50MB
  >		/var	150MB (maybe more)
  >		/usr	700MB
  >		/etc	50MB
  >		/swap	128MB
  >		/dos	200MB
  >		/tmp	50MB
  >		---------------------
  >		Sum.	1428MB	-> rest: 270MB for ???

You seem to be confused about the role of partitions.  Having this many
would waste a lot of disk space, which would be tied up in underused
partitions and not available to heavily used ones.  You don't have
enough space to spare to do it this way.

The benefit of separate partitions is that the chance of loss of data
due to filesystem corruption is reduced and its scope limited; the cost
is the increased rigidity of the system.

You need a root partition (which is /); normally this would contain
/root, /etc and possibly /tmp.  In fact, it MUST contain /etc and /root
or you won't be able to start your machine -- only the root (/)
itself is available before you go multi-user and mount the other

I suggest the following Linux partitions:
	/		 150Mb
	/var		 120Mb
	/usr		1300Mb

	/		 210Mb
	/usr		1360Mb

and one swap partition:
	swap		128Mb

Make /home a symbolic link to /usr/home (my home directory takes as much
space as anything else on my machine, so it needs to go on a large

You haven't got room on this disk for all those Windows programs as well
a decent Linux.  If you need that, buy an extra disk.

Oliver Elphick                                Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
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