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Re: size of partitions worries me

Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
On Tue, May 22, 2007 at 02:41:58PM -0700, Dino Vliet wrote:
Hi folks,
I've managed to install debian etch on my amd64 system
which I dualboot with FreeBSD. I installed it on a
57GB partition.

I've chosen to let the installer recommend the
partitions and their sizes and the result is:

Bestandssysteem       Grtte Gebr Besch Geb%
Aangekoppeld op
/dev/sda2             259M  120M  126M  49% /
tmpfs                 1,5G     0  1,5G   0%
udev                   10M  100K   10M   1% /dev
tmpfs                 1,5G     0  1,5G   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda9              41G  223M   39G   1% /home
/dev/sda8             373M   11M  343M   3% /tmp
/dev/sda5             4,6G  1,7G  2,7G  39% /usr
/dev/sda6             2,8G  836M  1,8G  32% /var

Epecially the size of the / partition worries me
because I had the experience that in another os
(ubuntu breezer) it filled up quickly.

I was going to say that I don't see a problem here, but then I
reviewed my partitions. I'm using 300M on my / partition. I have /tmp,
/usr, /var and /home all seperate as above. My system has been running
this configuration for a couple years now with no problem. So, I think
its reasonable that your / partition might be a little bit small, but
I think its close, and if you're careful you should be okay. Note that
I have lots of installed stuff that I dont really use...

So what do you recommend? Should I reinstal and change
the partition sizes? I will use it as a desktop pc, so
I already installed KDE and am planning to install
some bitorrent or other p2p program. I will watch
movies on it and burn cd's.

If you don't plan on installing a bunch more, you'll be okay. Note
that most installation puts stuff in /usr not /.

As you can see from the following:

Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2               279999     82811    182730  32% /
tmpfs                   631764         0    631764   0% /lib/init/rw
udev                     10240        64     10176   1% /dev
tmpfs                   631764         4    631760   1% /dev/shm
/dev/mapper/vg1-tmp     253871     12309    228455   6% /tmp
/dev/mapper/vg1-var    2064208    721028   1238324  37% /var
/dev/mapper/vg1-usr    8256952   2878948   4958576  37% /usr
/dev/mapper/vg1-home   3096336   2694588    244464  92% /home

I am only using about 81M out of almost 274M on my root partition. This is an Etch system that I created using debootstrap from my Sarge system back in August. I made sure that everything that I actually used in Sarge got installed in Etch. Very little actually goes in the / partition when you have seperate partions for /tmp, /var, /usr and /home as I do and the OP says he has, as well. I don't see a problem here.

Marc Shapiro

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