Re: having trouble partitioning correctly
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On Sunday 15 September 2002 11:11 am, Scott B. Berry wrote:
> Hello list,
> I am trying to partition a 6.4gb ide hard drive. I have gone through the
> cfdisk program to do this. The problem I seem to run in to are two.
> 1. On the partition where the boot parameter is set is 8.23 megs. Is this
> big enough to hold both the linux native system and the boot record and
> also I can't get it to go any bigger so I am wondering how I can force it
> up to 10mb like the installation manual says?
You can employ a /boot partition if that is what you want, or you can forgo
that and let /boot live under / of the drive. I would recommend deleting it
if it serves no real purpose right now and since I don't see any mention of
dual-booting into other operating systems. Even if you were dual booting,
you don't need a separate /boot. This is optional at install time.
> 2. I am assuming that with the swap it can be set to 64MB(which is the
> amount of memory on the linux box) and then in the
> type of file system I choose 82.
This question always makes me cringe because there is no right answer--ever
:) I usually double my RAM if RAM=or is<128 (if RAM=128, swap=256). On
newer and better endowed systems, I match the ram (RAM=swap) or even half the
RAM (RAM=512 then swap=256) to maintain performance speed. Yes, 82 is the
right number for swap on Debian systems.
> 3. What should I do with the rest of the disk space?
This again is a subjective question. You offer very little information about
your system and no information about the intended roll for the system. If
this is a personal computer to begin learning Linux with, I would recommend
making the rest of the system's disk space / and not getting too involved in
partitioning. Others will strongly recommend two partitions, one for / and
one for /home. If you are learning how to setup and administrate a system
that is intended for production use, then I would follow the manual's
My system here has three partitions: swap, root, and archive. Swap is set
to 256MB (half my RAM), then I split the remainder of the 60GB drive in half
for root ("/" not "/root") and archive.
> Scott Berry
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