Re: hard drive partitioning questions
On Tue, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:06:29AM -0500, Nori Heikkinen wrote:
> i'm installing debian on a brand-new new hard drive on my home system
> (i.e., personal usage), and am at the point of making a swap
> partition. cfdisk is up, and i'm trying to figure out what partitions
> i should specify. i'm reading the the woody installation how-tos ,
> and am kind of confused.
> i just bought a new 80G hard drive. i should partition the whole
> thing, right? i'm thinking:
> /dev/hda1 -- / (Linux (83)) -- 100M (is this appropriate?)
> /dev/hda2 -- /usr (83) -- 1G (too much?)
> /dev/hda3 -- swap (82) -- 128M (i have that much physical RAM, and
> that should be sufficient, right?) should i make this
> /dev/hda3 -- /var -- 2 or 3 G, as per suggestion of  (i like apt)
> /dev/hda4 -- /tmp -- 50M-ish?
> /dev/hda5 -- /home -- the rest, all for me :)
> have i correctly extracted that these are the partitions i'll need?
> does the above sound good? i'm assuming i can designate them all
> later on in the installation process, after i've actually created
> there can only be 3 primary partitions if i want a logical one too, if
> i've read correctly ... so, do i make the first three primary, and the
> rest logical? or is there a better method to going about it? it
> doesn't really matter, does it?
> or, should i forget all of the above, and just go with / and swap?
> that seems easier, but are there drawbacks?
hmm...partitioning? ...definitely a
matter of taste.
i used to go with "/ & swap," but i'd
get a "kernel panic" every few months
that would require a re-install. (i'm
not good at "kernel panic" re-covery;
although, yesterday, i was successful,
for the 1st time, by putting in a boot
disk, re-partitioning the beast, and
rebooting. ...plz don't ask how it
worked...probably a fluke.)
during the re-installs, the thing that
would slow me down the most was get-
ting back my "special" files -- tweeked
config files, "must-have" back-ground
images, etc. my backups of these files
may not be convenient. i have multiple
linux boxen which require different set-
so, i partition "/ (hda2) & swap," and
also a 3 gig partition (as a "holding
bin" for things i'd normally lose in
a re-install). now, if i crash, i re-
load on hda2, mount the "extra" parti-
tion, copy over my "special" files and
i'm back in business. obviously, this
only works if the hard drive isn't toast.
(yes, i should have a better backups,
but until then....)
others like the "lots-a-slices" approach
to partitioning. but for my needs, i
can get by without that.
and for swap, i go with 1 gig, even with
a 10 gig hard drive. "thrash" protection.
(i've hit webpages that keep spanwing, so
i need "insurance" to get things under
control before it's too late, i think.)
again, it's a matter of taste.
good luck with the 80 gig hd.
debs, thx & happy new year!
> also, it's been said that i should use ext3, not ext2. partition
> types 82 and 83 are ext2, no? am i confused on that? (obviously)
> how/when should i change this?
> thanks so much,
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