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Re: Partitioning

On Mon, 2003-12-01 at 04:41, Marco Cecconi wrote:
> Hello, I've been having this question on my mind for a bit now: what is 
> the best practice to partition a hard drive under Unix, and in 
> particular under Linux? At work I try to separate different 
> functionalities as much as possible (eg. /boot, /, /var, /home all on 
> different partitions). This makes sense since the machines are servers.
> What is your experience regarding workstations? Is there any advantage 
> or disadvantage in using a simpler partitioning (eg. only /boot and /)?

The whole subject is less critical now, but here's how I do it:
Filesystem    1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3       7874560    150520   7324024   3% /
/dev/hda2         46668      2871     41388   7% /boot
/dev/hda5       7874528   1770332   5704180  24% /usr
/dev/hda6       7874528    708628   6765884  10% /var
/dev/hda7       7874528    668568   6805944   9% /home
/dev/hda8      86573816    862620  81313404   2% /data

I could (and probably should) have combined / and /usr, but this
way, /tmp has almost 8GB to play with.

The *most*critical* things, IMO, though, is to put /home and /data
on their own partitions, so that if you do have to reinstall, you
won't wipe out your data.

You know, I wonder if it wouldn't be useful to put /etc in it's own
partition, too?  With Gnome 2.4 & CUPS, my /etc is 25MB, so a 50MB
partition, like I did for /boot, would be all you'd need, I think.

Ron Johnson, Jr. ron.l.johnson@cox.net
Jefferson, LA USA

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